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From a cow's gut, a key to future biofuels

Scientists have made advances in unlocking the mystery of how to break down tough cellulose in plant matter by investigating Fibrobacter succinogenes S85, an anaerobic bacterium found in the rumen of cows and other herbivores.

Apr 15th, 2016

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Plastic proteins: Synthetic material mimics essential characteristics of natural proteins

Researchers hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous proteins. Based on an inexpensive industrial chemical, these synthetic polymers might one day be used to create materials with functions as limitless as proteins, which are involved in every facet of life.

Apr 7th, 2016

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