October 13, 2021
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Renewable Chemicals
A novel process was developed by Chinese researchers using synthetic biology to cultivate starch from carbon dioxide, thus eliminating the need for crops in the equation. The process, which only takes a few hours to complete compared with several months using plants, is still in the early stage of development.
Full Story: Bio Market Insights (10/11) 
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Anuvia will be working with Novozymes to develop products that could help reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers. The products may become available next year.
Full Story: WRAL TechWire (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/8) 
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Astellas has started using blister packaging made from biomass-based plastics using sugarcane-derived polyethylene, the first of its kind in the world. The company's adoption of biomass-based plastics for its blister packages is one of Astellas' strategic goals in its Corporate Strategic Plan 2021 known as "Deepen our Engagement in Sustainability."
Full Story: European Pharmaceutical Review (UK) (10/11) 
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Advanced Biofuels
Canfor Corp. announced plans to invest in the construction of Arbios Biotech's biofuel plant, which will convert sawmill residues to biofuel. "Our decision, as part of the Arbios joint venture, to support investment in a state-of-the-art biomass to low carbon biofuel plant in British Columbia is a demonstration of our commitment," said Canfor CEO and President Don Kayne.
Full Story: Woodworking Network (10/12) 
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Synthetic Biology and CRISPR
A new gene-editing system is the smallest yet -- which may make it ideal for tweaking the genome of living organisms. The system, derived from the defenses of single-cell organisms called archaea, is similar to the famous CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool but much smaller, making it compatible with proven delivery vessels such as lipid nanoparticles and adeno-associated viruses.
Full Story: CEP Magazine (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) (10/2021) 
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Henrietta Lacks' family has file a lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific, asserting that the company took Henrietta Lacks' cervical cancer cells without consent and continued to derive profits from them, even after the unethical origins of the cells became known.
Full Story: LiveScience (10/7) 
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Consumer Products, Nutrition, Flavorings
Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry in Germany used genetic engineering to develop purple tomatoes. They inserted betanin biosynthesis genes extracted from beets into the fruit to achieve this effect.
Full Story: FreshPlaza (Netherlands) (10/11) 
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Dedicated Feedstocks
Germany-based startup Creapaper is using grass to make a paper alternative that could help reduce the environmental impact of processing wood fibers for paper.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
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