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The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

January 22, 2017 |

Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change in what is possible for organism design. The company, which has raised a monstrous amount of money in the past 18 months, is strategically focused […]

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Gigabase is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

Gigabase is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

January 22, 2017 |

The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs in biology. Word came through this week that Gingko BioWorks will acquire Gen9. Founded by pioneering scientists in fabrication, genetics, and bio-engineering, Gen9 is democratizing synthetic biology. The goal is […]

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Gingko acquires Gen9: The Synbio ring begins to tighten

Gingko acquires Gen9: The Synbio ring begins to tighten

January 22, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, Ginkgo Bioworkshas acquired Gen9, a pioneer in the synthesis and assembly of DNA. The acquisition will bring Gen9’s unique expertise in assembling pathway-length synthetic DNA into Ginkgo’s automated organism engineering foundries, enabling improved speed and capacity in the construction of new organism designs for application across a wide range of industries. The what […]

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Biodiesel’s backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and beyond

Biodiesel’s backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and beyond

January 22, 2017 |

In California, the closing session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo provided an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year while also taking a peek at how America’s Advanced Biofuel will fuel the country’s future in 2017 and beyond. “There were a number of milestones reached in 2016 that will have a significant […]

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Germany cuts palm oil use for biodiesel by 1/3: report

Germany cuts palm oil use for biodiesel by 1/3: report

January 22, 2017 |

In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance. Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports that in the biofuels sector, FAME biodiesel made up the largest share of biofuels – almost 65%.  Rapeseed was the most frequently used […]

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US ethanol production sets new all-time high

US ethanol production sets new all-time high

January 22, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.054 million barrels per day — or 44.27 million gallons daily. That is up 5,000 b/d from the week before and a new all-time high. This marks the third straight week of record production. The four-week average for […]

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Novozymes gets 6% jump in organic sales for Q4 2016, but layoffs loom

Novozymes gets 6% jump in organic sales for Q4 2016, but layoffs loom

January 22, 2017 |

In Denmark, Novozymes reported that it will lay off 198 employees after reporting 2016 organic sales growth of 2% organically and by 1% in DKK, primarily driven by Agriculture & Feed and Technical & Pharma. The EBIT margin improved by 0.2 percentage points to 27.9%, and EBIT grew by 2%. Net profit increased by 8%. […]

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GM offers 20 vehicles for B20 Biodiesel in new Lineup

GM offers 20 vehicles for B20 Biodiesel in new Lineup

January 22, 2017 |

In Michigan, General Motors announced eight new diesel vehicle options hitting the roadways in 2017 – 2018, and a full line-up of twenty different diesel models, from passenger cars, to pickups and SUVs, to commercial vans and low cab forward trucks – all of which are approved for use with B20. GM’s announcement, along with […]

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New microbe offers better path to bio-based electronics: UMass

New microbe offers better path to bio-based electronics: UMass

January 22, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have discovered a new type of natural wire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the researchers’ goal of developing sustainable “green” conducting materials for the electronics industry. The study by Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio, the American Society […]

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FAO’s Veggie Oil Index jumps 4% in December to 3-year hihg: UFOP

FAO’s Veggie Oil Index jumps 4% in December to 3-year hihg: UFOP

January 22, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) surged by more than 4 per cent in December 2016, reaching a three-year high. Nevertheless, the index is far below its January 2011 record. According to the German trade group, “Prices for vegetable oils […]

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