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Geneticaly modified Algae.

A new company called Joule Unlimited has succeeded in growing genetically-altered organisms that sweat out usable fuel and live on to continue making more. The company broke ground recently on a Texas pilot plant that will house the single-cell plant organisms in flat structures resembling solar panels facing the sun.
Water flowing through the panels will carry off the hydrocarbon fuel for separation. Hydrocarbon oils such as diesel produced by the organisms separate from water and make the gathering easy, while distilling technology already exists for separating out the ethanol from water. Workers will regularly flush the system every eight weeks and start with fresh batches. The modified organisms can convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into ethanol or diesel fuel, and are supposedly based on similar types found in nature. Joule Unlimited hopes to eventually put its operation near a coal or natural gas power plant, so that it can use the carbon dioxide captured by said plant. The c…

JRF in Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology , Tezpur University, India

Title: Understanding the molecular interactions between NK receptor diversity and activation with diverse malignancy in HNSCC prevalent in the population of Assam
Applications are invited for three Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and one Project Assistant in DBT funded project entiled “Understanding the molecular interactions between NK receptor diversity and activation with diverse malignancy in HNSCC prevalent in the population of Assam”in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University. Eligibility: M.Sc Degree in Life Sciences with two years research experience (Desirable research experience in molecular human genetics/molecular immunology and immunogenetics) and  B.Sc in Life Sciences. Preference will be given to candidates who can comfortably work in Microsoft Office and other statistical.

National Research Council Canada-Produces Strain of Algae for Fuel

In 2005, as part of a five-year research effort, the company was screening algae samples, taken from marine environments across the Atlantic provinces of Canada, for specific nutraceutical ingredients. That is when, in one of hundreds of filmy, green test tubes and flasks, it uncovered a single-celled microorganism that produces substantial quantities of triacylglycerol oil — a base for biofuel. “It was like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Ian Lucas, Ocean Nutrition Canada’s executive vice president of innovation and strategy. “We got extremely lucky. This certainly isn’t our core business, but we’ve been told by experts that this is the most efficient organism for the production of oil identified in the world to date.” Dozens of companies and academic laboratories are pursuing the objective Ocean Nutrition Canada did not know it had — to cultivate algae, the foundation of the marine food chain, as a source of green energy. But Ocean Nutrition Canada’s prolific grower, expert…

Biofuel Quest: Genome Signatures Enable Tracking of Algal Complexity

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100709143417.htmScienceDaily (July 13, 2010) — On the long and difficult road toward a carbon-neutral source of transportation fuels, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing a diversified approach. This effort involves exploring a range of potential new fuel sources in nature: from plants that may serve as cellulosic feedstocks -- fast-growing trees and perennial grasses on land -- to oil-producing organisms in aquatic and other environments, such as algae and bacteria. One contribution that may inform biofuels research is reported in the July 9 issue of Science, where researchers led by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the Salk Institute present the 138 million nucleotide genome of Volvox carteri, a multicellular alga that captures light energy through photosynthesis. The DOE is supporting research into the complex mechanisms present in photosynthetic organisms to better understand how they convert sunlight to energy and ho…

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