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Caption: Feeding a plant waste-derived "sugar sauce" to genetically modified E. coli bacteria produces fatty acids in a project under development at Rice University. The carbon-rich acids can then be turned into fuel. Rice is part of a project funded by the Department of Agriculture to scale up the production of fuel and other petroleum-like products from biomass.
Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
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