Purchase, NY - www.Ethanol-bio-fuel.com/bioengineering/ , is coordinating geneticists, physiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, physicists, and computational experts to maximize the translation of atomic-level understanding to high yield solar to fuel conversion. What sets this project apart is that the participants volunteer their time and the work is done as the computer specialists developed the LINUX operating system.
Current energy production from biomass has a low efficiency due to energy losses at various levels in cellular metabolism. However, this process has the attractive feature of automatic self-reproduction, so that for the long term energy budget it is not necessary to invest energy in renewing the photosynthetic apparatus.
To engineer from scratch a self-reproducing biological solar energy converter with maximized efficiency, a combination of systems-biology and synthetic-biology approaches will be required.
Ethanol-bio-fuel.com goal is to coordinate researchers to accomplish this task by volunteering their knowledge as the Linux operating system was developed.
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