A Third Act For Biofuels

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Editor’s note: Ryan Clarke is a biochemistry PhD candidate with an interest in genetic engineering. He is a published scientist with a background in synthetic biology and social analytics. James Hyun is a PhD student in the life sciences with a background in molecular biology. He has published numerous scientific papers where genetically engineered microorganisms were used to produce high value therapeutic proteins.

In the midst of the lowest oil prices our nation has seen in six years, it’s easy to forget that the primary energy source in the world is in finite supply. Fracking and extraction from shale have enhanced the potential amount of obtainable oil (and America’s total reserves have the potential to be the highest in the world), but these means are still limited by the Earth’s reserves.

In fact, British Petroleum projects that we will deplete the Earth’s oil reservoirs in roughly 50 years. With this sobering reality…

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