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December 18, 2012
How to get fossil fuels from ice cream and soap
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 18, 2012
Writing in PNAS, the researchers have shown that the emerging field of synthetic biology can be used to manipulate hydrocarbon chemicals, found in soaps and shampoos, in cells. This development, discovered with colleagues at the University of Turku in Finland, could mean fuel for cars or household power supplies could be created from naturally-occurring fatty acids. The researchers, led by Professor Nick Turner from The University of Manchester, used synthetic biology to hijack the naturally ... read more
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