Bacterial energy

June 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

No less a personage than Joe Biden is telling the world about synthetic biology today.  ARPA-E (the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) has just awarded $106 million for “transformational energy research projects”.  The first one on the list?  Pam Silver‘s project (with Jim Collins, Peter Girguis and George Church) to develop a bacterium that can take in energy and excrete a biofuel. This is a project of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Of course, those of you who know Pam realize that this is only a small part of what she really wants to do.  Why not start with sunlight instead of electricity, and produce fuels, sugars, and anything else you want?  Why not?


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