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Synthetic Biology Research: Could Fuel for Cars or Household Power Supplies Be Created from Naturall

ScienceDaily -- Writing in PNAS, the researchers have shown that the emerging field of synthetic biology can be used to manipulate hydrocarbon chemicals, found in soaps and shampoos, in cells.

This development, discovered with colleagues at the University of Turku in Finland, could mean fuel for cars or household power supplies could be created from naturally-occurring fatty acids.

The researchers, led by Professor Nick Turner from The University of Manchester, used synthetic biology to hijack the naturally-existing fatty acids and direct those fatty molecules towards the production of ready-to-use fuel and household chemicals.


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virostek
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:25:04 AM

Wow.
virostek
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Wow.
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hmm...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:57:55 PM

sinc many people choose to drink alcohol, let us collect their (high powered) liquid waste and not need gasoline with high octane any more. Supply would be virtually unlimited...AND FREE.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:55:58 PM

cool
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One man's slush pond is another man's treasure.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 3:29:03 PM

good idea but what could save us money, will prevent others from taking it from us and they won't let that happen...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:28:01 PM

Talked about for years yet still not a viable option.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:00:20 PM

Hydrogen is readily abundant everywhere,
to get it where it can be used as fuel takes a lot of energy
electrolysis of water is the usual method of hydrogen production
and where is the electricity needed going to come from?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:54:44 AM

Time will tell.....
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:52:15 AM

good idea.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:49:35 AM

sounds good and I hope it will work. could save us all some money.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:46:52 AM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:46:41 AM

I thought that hydrogen was already a viable alternative fuel that is readily available and relatively clean and plentiful? Why are we looking for alternatives and not trying to perfect this fuel?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:44:21 AM

I like it.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:43:31 AM

Of course, it can, but is it cost effective?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:43:10 AM

So, a beer-belly could be a useful thing to have! Just stop at the local LT (lipo-transfer) station for a de-fill, refill!
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OK
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Anything to get money out of the government. Just another pipe dream.
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I'm surprised that BO isn't throwing money at them too!
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OooooooKay?!
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Of course you can. All you need to do is make it cheaper than drilling a hole in the ground.
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Damn. There goes the price of my Zest and Suave!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:35:33 AM


"[F]uel for cars or household power supplies could be created from naturally-occurring fatty acids."

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Just hook up the car to my belly.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:34:17 AM

Interesting but should we stock up on our soap and shampoo?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:33:14 AM

Something for the future.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:33:03 AM

One more possibility!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:30:46 AM

Interesting theory. Something to watch.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:30:08 AM

way in the future.
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Let's go - kill off Putin's source of revenue, the terrorists source of revenue..
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:28:11 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:25:14 AM

nice
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:25:06 AM

interesting but who really knows?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:24:44 AM

These kinds of research findings keep popping up...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:24:37 AM

FUTURISTIC STUDY!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:24:29 AM

No just another drain on taxpayers money.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:22:12 AM

Good to study, just don't waste tax dollars on it.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:21:51 AM

Dumb!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:21:04 AM

Can I get a government grant to study this?
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:18:28 AM

Interesting
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Someone will clean up....twice
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if they do it with there money not tax payer money
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I want to go to HYDROGEN!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:16:36 AM

And can it be accomplished without Gov't. aide and without use of food products in the formulations of these synthetics?
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More, coming soon, coming soon, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, don't hold your breath.
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Everything made on high hopes.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:14:46 AM

is this the next break through
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:12:57 AM

If I could run my house on fat rather than fatty acids I'd be home free for at least 2 years!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:12:38 AM

good one Mikesr100
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Interesting point mikesr100
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Good, now make a working model.
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