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Challenges in Engineering Microbes for Biofuels Production

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. Economic and geopolitical factors (high oil prices, environmental concerns, and supply instability) have been prompting policy-makers to put added emphasis on renewable energy sources. For the scientific community, recent advances, embodied in new insights into basic biology and technology that can be applied to metabolic engineering, are generating considerable excitement. There is justified optimism that the full potential of biofuel production from cellulosic biomass will be obtainable in the next 10 to 15 years.

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Resource Type: Diagram, Journal article/Issue, Review
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Gregory Stephanopoulos of Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher: AAAS
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