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Breakthrough discovery at the Joint BioEnergy Institute could greatly accelerate the pace of science.
JBEI enzyme discovery enables first-time microbial production of an aromatic biofuel.
The study was led by Harry Beller, Berkeley Lab senior scientist and scientific...