Joule Unlimited: Biotech Company To Patent Fuel-Secreting Bacterium

09/14/2010 03:31 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MATTHEW L. WALD nytimes.com

A biotech company plans to announce Tuesday that it has won a patent on a genetically altered bacterium that converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into ingredients of diesel fuel, a step that could provide a new pathway for making ethanol or a diesel replacement that skips several cumbersome and expensive steps in existing methods.

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