Sunday, June 10, 2007

Designer bug holds key to endless fuel

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Designer bug holds key to endless fuel

Roger Highfield
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.

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