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At the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference, Craig Venter announced his "fourth-generation fuel" project. He plans to create an organism that takes in carbon dioxide and produces fuel, using synthetic chromosomes and already extant organisms to ramp up their octane-producing capabilities. "We have modest goals of replacing the whole petrochemical industry and becoming a major source of energy," said Venter, according to Agence France-Presse.

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