A story distributed by Reuters international news service featured the work of Chris Voigt, PhD, in using synthetic biology to make gasoline from plant waste materials and other non-food plant sources. The research was published in the current issue of the “Journal of the American Chemical Society.”  Unlike currently available biofuels, this fuel is indistinguishable from petroleum-based gasoline and can be used as a direct replacement for gasoline in cars, but Voigt estimates it would only cost between $1.10 and $1.65 per gallon. Voigt is an assistant professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy who is also affiliated with QB3.

The story also has been covered by the New Scientist and Biomass Magazine.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16989-yeast-and-bacterium-turned-into-gasoline-factory.html

http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2582

http://uk.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUKTRE53K4UU20090421

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