Genetically Engineered Microorganisms
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Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’ Molecular Kill-Switch Included

Genetically Engineered Microorganisms

The Pentagon’s mad science arm may have come up with its most radical project yet. Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military’s advantage, creating “synthetic organisms” that can live forever — or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch.

Red wine with a DNA chaser?

Genetically Engineered Microorganisms

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
By Jim Downing

The U.S. wine industry has entered the world of genetic engineering as some vintners experiment with a strain of yeast designed to eliminate chemicals in red wine that are believed to trigger headaches, including migraines, in some people.

Microorganisms key to ethanol production

Genetically Engineered Microorganisms

By MEREDITH MACKENZIE
UPI Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The secret to making ethanol production viable is invisible. Microorganisms such as yeasts and bacteria are being perfected as a way to ferment cellulosic material, like corn stalks or sawdust, into transportation-grade ethanol. The future, say scientists, is already here.

"There are no technical barriers to making ethanol from woody material today," said Lonnie Ingram, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Florida.

Biotechnology Reenergized

Genetically Engineered Microorganisms

The completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) symbolizes the entry of biology into the 'big science'arena.

More information about Genomes To Life can be found at Genomes to Life
Email: Aristides Patrinos - ari.patrinos@science.doe.gov
14 March 2005

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