Yeast Metabolic Engineering:
How can optogenetics be used to turn genetically engineered yeast into biochemical factories?
Due to the limited supply of available fossil fuels for energy production, scientists have engineered a new way to produce isobutanol from genetically engineered yeast in order to create a sustainable biofuel.
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The future of sustainable energy is crucial to maintaining a productive world. Biofuels are a great way to make an impact on the environment, and there is still so much left to uncover in terms of widespread production and use within the field. The advancements in biofuels have shown to be an answer for the rising demand of energy around the world. Recent studies have shown how yeast can be genetically modified and utilized with blue-light optogenetics to create isobutanol, a clean substitute for fuel. The future is promising in light of this discovery, and with increased funding a widespread application of this technology can be achieved.