Time was, genetic engineers were putting jellyfish genes in everything to see what crazy animals they could get to glow in the dark. Now, however, they’re doing quite a bit more. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has a few articles on various uses for genetically modified plants. Two papers discuss using trees to remove harmful chemicals from the atmosphere, the third identifies a way to modify the Chlamy (a green alga) to produce hydrogen. It seems that algae may be the future of biofuels, after a report on using algae to produce a type of biodiesel.
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