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Venter s Biological Energy Alternatives Institute Gets Additional $9M from DOE

NEW YORK, April 24 - The US Department of Energy has awarded Craig Venter's Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives $9 million for genomic research on microbial communities aimed at developing methods to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce hydrogen, the DOE said today.


This three-year grant adds to a $3 million, three-year grant the IBEA has already received from the DOE. I


IBEA scientists plan to determine the genetic sequences of all of the microorganisms occurring in a natural microbial community.


"These additional funds may lead to the development of new methods for carbon sequestration or alternative energy production and will work to engineer a particular type of microbe that could produce hydrogen, an important component in our clean energy future," said US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham in a statement.