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"Venter Fuel"

In this Q&A with the Wall Street Journal, Craig Venter, who has recently partnered with ExxonMobil and BP, says that it will be at least 10 years until you have gasoline made by synthetic organisms in your car's tank. "Scalability is the biggest issue," he says. "If we can't generate billions of gallons of fuel per year per facility, it's not going to work.

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