Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

While there are legions of plant researchers dedicated to the idea of using GMOs to maximize food production, there's a ...
Quest to colonize space demands boost from biotechnology, synthetic biology

Quest to colonize space demands boost from biotechnology, synthetic biology

The lack of technology for such sustainable life support systems is a major factor underlying criticism of human space exploration ...
Future of biofuels: Are alternative, sustainable, GMO bacteria-based fuels a pipe dream?

Future of biofuels: Are alternative, sustainable, GMO bacteria-based fuels a pipe dream?

[Joule Unlimited] was designing a system that would produce diesel fuel or gasoline using nothing more than the sun, carbon ...
Fully sequenced rice genome could accelerate biofuel research

Fully sequenced rice genome could accelerate biofuel research

Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy ...
Redefining natural selection: How synthetic biology may solve sustainability challenges in food, fuel and health

Redefining natural selection: How synthetic biology may solve sustainability challenges in food, fuel and health

[S]ynthetic biology] is poised to change how we feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, fuel ourselves—and possibly even change our very selves ...
CRISPR-edited algae with high biofuel yield created by ExxonMobil, Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics

CRISPR-edited algae with high biofuel yield created by ExxonMobil, Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics

La Jolla [California’s] Synthetic Genomics and oil giant ExxonMobil say they have created an oil-rich strain of algae that represents ...
How genetic engineering could boost biofuel production in Africa and Latin America

How genetic engineering could boost biofuel production in Africa and Latin America

Bioenergy production techniques that are already available could be used to supply up to 30 percent of the world’s energy ...
Talking Biotech: Plants that 'protect themselves' and reduce pesticide may be future of crop biotechnology

Talking Biotech: Plants that ‘protect themselves’ and reduce pesticide may be future of crop biotechnology

Genetic engineering pioneer Calgene's Maurice Moloney on developing plants that 'naturally' fend off pests ...
Chasing renewable energy: Microalga's DNA may reveal how to turn plants into fuel producers

Chasing renewable energy: Microalga’s DNA may reveal how to turn plants into fuel producers

The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a ...
GMO sugarcane: Dual-purpose bioenergy crop produces oil for biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol

GMO sugarcane: Dual-purpose bioenergy crop produces oil for biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in ...
What is synthetic biology?

What is synthetic biology?

[Synthetic biology is] a discipline that brings together the insights and methodologies of computer science; engineering; and, of course, biology ...
'Industrial' corn: GM variety makes ethanol more energy efficient

‘Industrial’ corn: GM variety makes ethanol more energy efficient

Farmers in [North Dakota] will grow an industrial-quality corn specifically designed for the ethanol industry this summer. Corn with the ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, March 13, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week, March 13, 2017

From this past week, here are the #GLPTop6 among many great stories on human and agriculture genetics around the world ...
Switchgrass biofuel? New gene that makes plant sterile could ease contamination concerns

Switchgrass biofuel? New gene that makes plant sterile could ease contamination concerns

Switchgrass has been lauded as a promising source of biofuel.... Genetically modifying switchgrass could boost crop yields and its commercial ...
Return of the woolly mammoth and 3 other ways CRISPR could change the world

Return of the woolly mammoth and 3 other ways CRISPR could change the world

The woolly mammoth has been extinct for more than 4000 years. Now scientists are talking about bringing it back with ...
How genetically modified microorganisms could help humans farm on Mars

How genetically modified microorganisms could help humans farm on Mars

[A]s NASA gears up to touch down on Mars, research is turning to how astronauts will produce what they need ...
Winter harvest? Russian grass genes could hold key to developing cold-tolerant corn, sugar cane

Winter harvest? Russian grass genes could hold key to developing cold-tolerant corn, sugar cane

Winters in eastern Russia are intensely cold, with air temperatures regularly reaching minus 30 degrees in some locations. It is ...
American farm bust: Global competition, low prices, high seed costs push farmers to the edge

American farm bust: Global competition, low prices, high seed costs push farmers to the edge

Across the heartland, a multiyear slump in prices for corn, wheat and other farm commodities brought on by a glut of ...
Elephant grass shown to be higher yielding biofuel than switchgrass

Elephant grass shown to be higher yielding biofuel than switchgrass

Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus [elephant grass], long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much ...
Talking Biotech: Illinois’ Stephen Long on tweaking photosynthesis to help crop yields, climate

Talking Biotech: Illinois’ Stephen Long on tweaking photosynthesis to help crop yields, climate

Illinois’ Stephen Long on how tweaking photosynthesis could help yields and our climate ...

Toyota develops DNA analysis technology to increase biofuel yields

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random ...

India promoting advanced biotechnology for biofuel production

Biofuel made from microalgae can prove to be an alternative to conventional fossil fuels, said experts participating in the international ...
DIY CRISPR-Cas9: Should we fear or embrace programmable gene editing kits for the home?

DIY CRISPR-Cas9: Should we fear or embrace programmable gene editing kits for the home?

When you hear about do-it-yourself CRISPR, you may imagine amateurs cooking up something dangerous in their kitchens. But that is ...

Synthetic biology could be bigger than computer technology

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. . . . [E]conomic ...
Could tobacco soon fuel jets by tweaking crop's genetics?

Could tobacco soon fuel jets by tweaking crop’s genetics?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. . . . [F]irst-generation ...
Understanding genetics of woody plants could aid development of biofuels

Understanding genetics of woody plants could aid development of biofuels

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Large, fast-growing poplar trees ...

Can we finally make gasoline out of corncobs?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. . . . .Take ...

What does synthetic biology have to do with outer space?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. I’m starting a project ...