Industrial biotechnology news
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced continued funding for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst for major, challenge-led research projects in industrial biotechnology (IB). BBSRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK have committed to offer up to £40M (£20M, £10M and £10M respectively).
Designer proteins that expand on nature’s own repertoire, created by a team of chemists and biochemists from the University of Bristol, are described in a paper published this week in Science. Proteins are long linear molecules that fold up to form well-defined 3D shapes.
Manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to the work of scientists in the UK and France. Researchers funded by BBSRC have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels, but which are not significantly smaller or weaker than regular plants.