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Improving Nature’s Top Recyclers

March 11th, 2011 03:59 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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aarondubrow sends in this snippet from an article at the Texas Advanced Computing Center: “Over billions of years, fungi and bacteria have evolved enzymes to convert abundant cellulosic plant matter into sugars to use as energy sources to sustain life. It’s a great trick, but unfortunately, these enzymes don’t work fast enough…yet. So computational scientists at NREL, in collaboration with a large experimental enzyme engineering group, set about trying to understand and design enhanced enzymes to … lower the cost of biomass-derived fuel to serve the global population (abstract).”

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