Designer bug holds key to endless fuel
June 10, 2007
THE US scientist who cracked the human genome is poised to
create the world's first man-made species, a synthetic microbe that
could lead to an endless supply of biofuel.
Craig Venter has applied for a patent at more than 100 national
offices to make a bacterium from laboratory-made DNA.
It is part of an effort to create designer bugs to manufacture
hydrogen and biofuels, as well as absorb carbon dioxide and other
harmful greenhouse gases.