Uppsala University researchers have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy. The researchers press release is optimistic that we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. The researchers have published their study in the […]

Lignocellulosic Biomass (LB) is the most abundant organic material on Earth.  LB could supply the sugars needed to produce advanced biofuels that can supplement or replace fossil fuels.  Humans have been using LB as animal feed for thousands of years, and for the past two centuries it’s been the raw material of the paper industry.  […]

From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comes the announcement that researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today’s standard fuel for diesel engines.  It would be clean, green, renewable and produced in the U.S. JBEI research team used synthetic biology tools […]

The First Synthetic Yeast

September 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Fermentation has relied on natural yeasts for centuries – now researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine have equipped yeast cells with semi-synthetic chromosomes. It is the first such achievement in eukaryotic, or complex-celled, organisms, and marks a step towards large-scale genome engineering in these cells with synthetic biology. The full paper is now […]

Quietly, with out much fanfare of a few companies have focused on providing low cost synthetic sugars.  The point is if you can sell sugar cheap you can get very rich. Phycal CEO Kevin Berner told BioFuels Digest, “If you can make low-cost sugar, you can make anything.”  Well, almost anything based from carbon based […]