Genetics Pioneer Craig Venter and Exxon Claim Algae Biofuel Breakthough (Again)

By [email protected] Every few years, J. Craig Venter of Synthetic Genomics and Exxon issue a joint proclamation about progress in biofuels derived from algae. Venter gets funded, Exxon gets green cred, breathless articles get written in the business press, and we are once again reminded that algae is the fuel of the future.

Venter has made brilliant contributions to modern genetics. He was part of the team that sequenced the second human genome.

Still, the team of Exxon and Synthetic Genomics have been working on algal biofuels since 2009, and although they are claiming a biofuel “breakthrough” in their latest release, the time frame

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