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EPA Gives Integrated Genomics $70K Grant to Build Better Bugs for Butanol Biofuel

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Integrated Genomics has received a $70,000 small business innovation research grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop techniques to improve butanol production.
Butanol is a biofuel that offers some advantages to ethanol, IG said.
Integrated Genomics is working to lower the effects of solvent toxicity on important microbes that die in the butanol production process.
The funding will enable the company to use comparative genomic and molecular genetic approaches to develop microbial strains with higher butanol tolerance.
Integrated Genomics called early results “promising” and said that within about six months it “hopes to find a partner with which to scale up the technology.”

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