Algae could now feed and fuel the planet

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have improved the efficiency of gene-editing leading to massively increased yields when using algae.

The study suggests that vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by Scottish Bioenergy, PHYCONET, a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.