OPX Biotechnologies is a bit different than the other companies out there trying to make fuel from microbes.
It's not touting that it's found a magic microbe for turning wood chips into ethanol or synthetic petroleum. In fact, it doesn't even have a microbe in mind yet. Instead, the company has devised a system that speeds up the process for figuring out how the genome in a particular microbe functions and how it can be better exploited.
The tool, developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, lets researchers test the function of different genes simultaneously. Right … Read more