Algal biofuel researchers have lost a decade's worth of work, says this post at Wired Science. In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter started the Aquatic Species Program that identified 51 algal strains as "potential high-value strains" but as funding dried up much of that knowledge, and even some of the strains, was lost. Recently, the article goes onto say, interest in algal biofuels has been piqued again, in part due to advances in genomics.

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