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By Robert Rapier on Aug 1, 2007 with no responses

LS9′s Oil-Crapping Bugs

I have only half-jokingly commented before that the ideal microorganism for energy production would consume garbage and excrete gasoline, which would float to the top of a reactor to be skimmed off via a low-energy process. Technically, there isn’t any reason that this shouldn’t be feasible. It’s just a matter of understanding the metabolic pathways, and successfully doing the genetic engineering. But to put that into perspective, it is probably also technically feasible to engineer humans to use photosynthesis for energy, or to engineer a blueberry tree. In other words, technically feasible is often a long way from imminently doable. But there has been a flurry of stories this week about another venture backed by Vinod Khosla called LS9 which… Continue»