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Public Genomes, Algae Fuel

A slew of businesses now offer to test your DNA and assess your risk of getting cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. But can genetic testing provide accurate predictions of conditions with complex genetic underpinnings? On another front, researchers at Harvard have launched the Personal Genome Project, enlisting thousands of people to make their DNA sequences and other personal information public on the Internet. The aim is to improve medical research, but what are the risks?

What if you could generate useable biofuels that didn’t have the problems associated with corn ethanol or plant-based processes, didn’t use arable land or freshwater, and didn’t rely on foodstuffs, and that also cost very little and could be "tuned" to produce hydrogen? Well, there is such a thing. It’s algae, which just may be our biofuel future.

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