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With a new partnership with Audi, biofuel startup Joule Unlimited will be able to develop and test its fuels, Technology Review reports. Joule also recently announced that it commissioned a demonstration plant that is to produce ethanol within a few weeks. To produce ethanol, Joule has engineered a microorganism, removing excess processes to make it an ethanol-focused machine that only needs carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water. Further, Tech Review says, the microorganism is then grown in clear tubes, the final design of which the company plans to refine during its demonstration phase. "Joule has calculated that its organisms could, in theory, produce 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year, which would allow the company to produce ethanol at $1.28 per gallon," Tech Review adds.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.