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Blue-green algae a five-tool player in converting waste to fuel
September 5, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Fuzhong Zhang, Ph.D., an assistant professor of engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, works with Synechocystis 6803--as well as other microbes and systems--in the areas of synthetic biology, protein engineering and metabolic engineering, with special focus on synthetic control systems to make an organism reach its untapped prowess. Zhang says the biotech world has to overcome several challenges to put the engineered microbes in the applications stage.Full Story
Washington University in St. Louis
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