Major advance in ‘synthetic biochemistry’ holds promise for industrial products and biofuels

April 12, 2016
Paul Opgenorth, Tyler Korman and James Bowie (left to right) working in Bowie’s lab at UCLA.
Paul Opgenorth, Tyler Korman and James Bowie (left to right) working in Bowie’s lab at UCLA.
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James Bowie, a UCLA professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and his research team have synthesized complex enzyme systems outside of cells that function well enough to be useful for the production of biofuels and commodity chemicals. According to Bowie, these enzymes will be capable of converting sugar into fuel with much higher efficiency than traditional methods.

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