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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

Study Reveals Details of SARS-CoV-2 Spread Across Brazil

A genomic analysis in Nature Microbiology explores how SARS-CoV-2 spread into, across, and from Brazil.

New Study Highlights Utility of Mutation Testing in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Genetic mutations in BRAF and RAS are associated with patient outcomes in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, a new JCO Precision Oncology study reports.

Study Points to Increased Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots in COVID-19 Patients

An analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that even mild COVID-19 increases risk of venous thromboembolism.

Y Chromosome Study Reveals Details on Timing of Human Settlement in Americas

A Y chromosome-based analysis suggests South America may have first been settled more than 18,000 years ago, according to a new PLOS One study.