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Los Angeles Times Editorial Bugs for Beating Global Warming Focuses on DOE Research
Published: March 24, 2008
Posted: March 31, 2008

The lead editorial in the March 15, 2008 issue of the Los Angeles Times praises two projects with ties to Biological and Environmental Research (BER) that are identifying microbial routes to efficient production of fuels. The editors are interested in opportunities for slowing, and eventually halting, carbon emissions using new approaches. The editorial states: [H]ere is one scenario to root for: genetically engineered bacteria that eat carbon dioxide and excrete biofuels. A full paragraph is devoted to research by James Liao, a scientist in BERs UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, who has engineered the common microbe E. coli to convert glucose to biofuels and is seeking to insert the key genes into bacteria that could use carbon dioxide and sunlight as the starting point for biofuel production. The other scientific development described in the editorial is the recent discovery of a Chesapeake Bay bacterium that is an efficient digester of cellulose; a discovery aided by sequencing of the bacteriums genome at the BER Joint Genome Institute.

Contact: Roland F. Hirsch, SC-23.2, (301) 903-9009
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Carbon Cycle, Nutrient Cycling
  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
  • Research Area: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Research Area: Biosystems Design

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-23.2 Medical Sciences Division, OBER)


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