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  The city of Albuquerque (New Mexico,
                                               Biofuels News
  USA) has decided not to continue to
  use E85 gasoline (85% ethanol + 15%
  petroleum-based gasoline) for munici-
  pal vehicles. It claims fuel-pump failures
  on police cars, warranty problems,
  and increased costs of fuel necessitate
  the change. The city plans to continue
  using biodiesel, albeit at a B5 level (5%
  biodiesel + 95% petrodiesel) instead
  of the B20 it had been using.
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  The following web sites are sources of
  information on jatropha as a feedstock
  for biofuel: (i) www.jatrophahq.com
  presents information on business and
  science; (ii) www.jatropha-alliance.org
  is a platform for the jatropha industry;
  and (iii) http://wn.com/jatropha pres-
  ents information regarding jatropha in
  both text and video formats.
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  Manitoba Hydro, in partnership with
  Natural Resources Canada’s National
  Renewable Diesel Demonstration Ini-
  tiative, is supporting a C$340,000
                                                                                                         Venter also said, ‘”This becomes a very
                                               GENERAL
  project that will demonstrate the use
  of biodiesel blends (5%) and their long-                                                         powerful tool for trying to design what we
                                                                                                   want biology to do.” EurekAlert indicated
  term storage under extreme cold
  weather conditions in electric gen-
  erators in a northern Manitoba com-
                                               Creation of a                                       researchers are planning to design algae
                                                                                                   that can capture carbon dioxide and make
  munity. The project is a follow-up to
  an initial test conducted by Manitoba
                                               synthetic genome                                    new hydrocarbons that could go into refiner-
                                                                                                   ies. Other possibilities include making new
                                               Scientists announced the development of the         chemicals or food ingredients and cleaning
  Hydro in which 173,000 liters of 5%                                                              up water.
                                               first cell controlled by a synthetic genome
  biodiesel were shipped to Brochet,                                                                     Commentary on the development of the
                                               (www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-05/
  Manitoba, in January 2008; stored for                                                            “synthetic cell” has been widespread in both
                                               aaft-su051710.php) on May 20 in a paper
  more than a year; and then burned suc-                                                           the scientific and popular literature, ranging
                                               published online by the journal Science
  cessfully in the winter of 2008/2009.        (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/           from questions regarding whether this pub-
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                                               science.1190719)                                    lication describes the creation of “new life”
  Lufthansa German Airlines announced                The list of 24 authors for this paper         (Nature 465:422, 2010); whether this is
  in mid-May that it too plans to incorpo-     includes J. Craig Venter, known for his             only a new way to re-engineer organisms
  rate biofuel into traditional jet fuel on    studies characterizing the human genome             (Nature 465:424, 2010); the importance of
  commercial flights (KLM, Continental         and presently head of Synthetic Genomics            the cell as the basic construct of life (www.
  Airlines, Virgin Air, and Japan Airlines     Inc. (SGI; La Jolla, California, USA) and           nytimes.com/2010/06/01/science/01angi.
  have already tested biofuels). A sched-      the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI).               html); issues of ethics and security posed
  ule will lik
								
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