Dear BEST community,
Craig Venter and his company Synthetic Genomics have engineered an
algae strain that includes a portion of synthetic DNA, making the algae
yellow. This color was chosen because it may possibly give the algae
better access to light than the dark strains typically grown in labs.
Venter believes the algae strains found in nature are unable to compete
on a large scale with oil production, and plans on making more synthetic
adjustments to the yellow strain. The company’s goal is to determine
the feasibility of growing the yellow algae on a larger scale, and it
has purchased land in California near a geothermal plant so they can
utilize the carbon dioxide it releases to feed their algae.
A milestone from Synthetic Genomics: Yellow algae
May 30th, 2012