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PHILADELPHIA (GenomeWeb News) – Microbes and microbial metabolism are paving the way for alternative energy sources, attendees at the American Society for Microbiology meeting heard here yesterday — and a variety of genomics-based approaches are helping to unlock the bugs' secrets for producing energy and extracting it from plants.

At a session, called "Plugging Microbial Activities and Genomes into the Energy Grid," researchers involved in biofuel production projects across the country outlined their efforts to create new energy sources using microbes.

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