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Creating Biofuels

Biotechnology companies are turning to the field of synthetic biology to engineer microorganisms that produce and excrete hydrocarbons for fuels.  The hydrocarbon fuels are of course better aligned with existing technology and would require less energy to produce than current alternatives such as ethanol.  See the recent Technology Review article for more on these developments.


  •  A Better Biofuel: another Tech Review article that looks at some of the developments in synthetic biology to create biofuels.
  • Energy and Environment Best Practice Report: a report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors that “illustrates what cities nationwide have done and continue to do to address the challenges associated with the interface of energy scarcity and environmental concerns.”
  • Annual Energy Outlook 2007: The annual report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with projections to 2030.

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