Here's an article from today's New York Times reporting on scientific efforts to use bioengineering methods to alter the properties of wood, making it easier in the long run to use trees to make biofuels. The process, developed by a team led by Vincent Chiang at North Carolina State University, uses mechanisms such as inserting a reverse copy of a gene to limit the tree's formation of a compound called lignin.

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