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Genetically modified algae could soon show up in food, fuel, and pharmaceuticals

Researchers created souped-up algae that can thrive outdoors


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Algae can be used for anything. You can grind it into cattle feed or squeeze it into jet fuel. You can even make it into algae butter.

For now, algae-based products remain woefully expensive, but a group of California scientists is working on making them a whole lot cheaper.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully grown a genetically engineered strain of algae outdoors for the first time. Importantly, the modified strain doesn’t hurt native algae populations. Their work appears in a new study in the journal Algal Research

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