NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — German biotech company Brain AG and Genencor will collaborate to use metagenomics and metabolic pathway engineering to develop enzymes and biosynthetic pathways for use in developing products that could be used to replace petrochemicals in products such as biofuels, plastics, rubber, adhesives, and cosmetics, Genencor said today.

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