In The News — 09 February 2014

Synthetic Biologist Ramon Gonzalez hopes that in the near future his program, Reducing Emissions Using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), will make the United States energy independent.

REMOTE’s goal is to solve both problems by getting the most energy out of natural gas with the least energy input. The key, Gonzalez said, is to engineer enzymes that efficiently “activate” carbon-hydrogen bonds in methane, the first step toward conversion. That involves the manipulation of microbial cells that alter materials at the molecular level.

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