Navigation Links
WUSTL wins $ 2.2 million US Department of Energy grant to build a fuel producing bacterium
Date:10/13/2011

s it, will be the cyanobacterium Synechocystis 6803 rather than brewer's yeast. Synechocystis 6803 has been studied for more than 25 years and has the distinction of being the first photosynthetic organism to have its genome sequenced.

"The knowledge base for this organism is huge," Pakrasi says. "For example, three years ago, we published a paper that included information not just from our lab but also from 17 other labs that collectively describes the behavior of Synechocystis at the level of gene expression under 151 environmental conditions."

"In many ways Synechocystis is a run-of-the-mill cyanobacterial strain," Pakrasi says, "just one we know a lot about. The systems biology work we are doing with other strains will allow us to identify useful metabolic modules that Synechocystis does not have, and add them to Synechocystis as needed to create a family of bugs tailored to produce a range of fuels or fuel precursors."

One of the reasons Synechocystis is such a good lab rat is that, even though it is called a blue-green alga, it is really a bacterium. As is true of many other bacteria, its DNA can easily integrate foreign DNA. The initial wave of enthusiasm for algal fuels, on the other hand, was based on micro-algae, which are essentially single-celled plants. The genomes of most of them are not as easy to manipulate. They're also much bigger, more elaborate and less understood.

"People all started with micro-algae because they were already making a ton of oil," Pakrasi says."But guess what? So little is known about their biology that you cannot do anything with them beyond what they're already doing by themselves. You don't have the option to go in there and modify the genome or make changes in the cellular composition that will allow you to achieve your goal in a more facile way."

"People used to say, 'Well, cyanos don't make oil.' That may be true, but we can engineer them so that they make oil, and that is what
'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. WUSTL scientist wins prestigious Presidential Early Career Award
2. 3 WUSTL faculty named AAAS Fellows
3. WUSTLs Living Learning Center shares the worlds first full Living Building certification
4. UofL researcher awarded $2.6 million NIH grant renewal
5. Einstein College of Medicine given $6.7 million to study congenital heart defect genetics
6. UCSB awarded $15 million by Dow to establish collaborative institute for materials research and education
7. UMass Amherst wins major grant to host $7.5 million Northeast Climate Science Center
8. Lab receives $3 million for BioAMS instrument
9. Lithium-sulfur battery research receives $5 million from DOE
10. A living species of aquatic beetle found in 20-million-year-old sediments
11. A new species of fossil silky lacewing insects that lived more than 120 million years ago
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
WUSTL wins $ 2.2 million US Department of Energy grant to build a fuel producing bacterium
(Date:3/24/2015)... --  NexID Biometrics LLC, whose spoof-mitigation technology boosts ... the beginning of shipments of version 2.0 of its ... based in Potsdam, N.Y. , is ... began here today at the Walter E. Washington Convention ... SDK boosts the accuracy rate range to 96.5 to ...
(Date:3/23/2015)... LOS ANGELES , March 23, 2015  In ... in Federal fraud case conviction losses. This figure accounts ... fraud, which, according to The Nilson Report, exceeds $11 ... an investigative tool after a crime has occurred. Investor ... Agent and polygraph expert Joe Paolella partnered ...
(Date:3/20/2015)... , March 20, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market, ... is one of the products featured in 2015 "I ... at 11:00 PM EST on the DIY Network.   ... Las Vegas , site of the 2015 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NexID Begins Shipments Of Version 2.0 Fake-Finger-Detection Solution 2Polygraph Test Now Used to Protect Investors From Fraud 2Polygraph Test Now Used to Protect Investors From Fraud 3NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 2NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 3
... jellyfish to filigreed oak trees, each species in nature ... the evolutionary changes that produce the seemingly limitless diversity ... remains a mystery. Nevertheless, a better understanding of how ... sizes and shapes could shed light on diseases that ...
... WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2012 -With the help of ... and Canada are seeking answers to questions such as how ... the causes of preeclampsia, and how air pollution may affect ... preventing preterm birth so more babies will get a healthy ...
... light isotopes vying for the coolest spots as magma turns ... by Case Western Reserve University shows. This tiny detail ... molten rock cools along a gradient, atoms want to move ... faster than cooler atoms and, therefore, hotter atoms move to ...
Cached Biology News:A biodiversity discovery that was waiting in the wings -- wasp wings, that is 2March of Dimes provides $3 million in new funding for preterm birth research 2March of Dimes provides $3 million in new funding for preterm birth research 3How heavy and light isotopes separate in magma 2How heavy and light isotopes separate in magma 3
(Date:3/31/2015)... , March 31, 2015  Bayer HealthCare ... Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and ... discovery. The goal of this new part of ... genetics to help create new cardiovascular therapies. ... with the Broad Institute to the area of ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... March 31, 2015  University of Illinois, ... will deliver the plenary session address on Monday, May ... Symposium (IMS) , kicking off a week of more ... the intersection of RF and microwave technologies with health. ... Radios, Sensors and Circuits for the Skin," will focus ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... 2015 Lighthouse Information Systems, Inc., ... in California, Oregon, Washington and clients across the ... and Acquisition (M&A) Integration Services offering, effective immediately. ... Services and M&A Integration Practice Leader at Lighthouse, ... majority of M&A initiatives fail to achieve their ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... -- Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII ), the premier provider ... culture shaping worldwide, today  announced that John ... Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. As Global Practice ... a team of more than 80 partners, principals and associates ... Asia serving clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Bayer HealthCare Expands Collaboration with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to Develop Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease 2Bayer HealthCare Expands Collaboration with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to Develop Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease 3Health and Engineering Converge at the 2015 International Microwave Symposium 2Health and Engineering Converge at the 2015 International Microwave Symposium 3Lighthouse Information Systems, Inc., Announces Addition of M&A Integration Services 2Heidrick & Struggles Strengthens Leadership of Healthcare - Life Sciences Practice 2
... RO, ROG; Pink Sheets: RHHBY ) announced today that ... cobas s 201 system is now available in the ... and detect hepatitis A virus (HAV) simultaneously in one assay in ... treatments for life-threatening and chronic diseases and disorders such as hemophilia ...
... Chestnut Hill, Mass. (2/3/2011) -- Boston College has been ... Foundation to support a team of university researchers developing ... create images that reveal micro- and macroscopic matter with ... or NCOM, would join a new class of microscopes ...
... 2011 Ron Van Beek, president and CEO of ... Digestive Support for dogs and cats, available exclusively through ... digestive support supplement containing both probiotics and prebiotics that ... in a dog,s or cat,s GI tract.  Van Beek ...
Cached Biology Technology:First Duplex Test for Parvovirus B19 and Hepatitis A Virus Now Available in the US 2Boston College receives W.M. Keck Foundation funding for nanoscale optical microscope 2Van Beek Natural Science Announces New Synacore Digestive Support Product 2
... to significantly increase the shelf life of ... increased at room temperature storage conditions in ... is subjected to 0.45 micron filtration, and ... formulation insures consistently high levels of activity ...
... The StatMatic I provides a convenient and ... culture work. Used with an eight-port disposable ... not possible with multi-channel pipettes. The eight-port ... in volumes of 100, 200, 250, or ...
...
... a dual strength adhesive system which facilitates the ... adhesives on either side of the frame are ... the glass has an easy release adhesive whereas ... a stronger bond. This means that when the ...
Biology Products: