Biofuels Go Public

Biofuel company Amyris has filed a $100 million initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports MIT's Technology Review. The company, which is based in California, uses genetically engineered yeast to turn sugarcane to diesel, Technology Review says.

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