Can cancer research improve biofuel production?
Cancer research that led to a slower growth rate of tumor cells may be reversed to spur certain crop yields to grow faster. That would lead to a quicker turnaround of crops needed to produced biofuels. The company looking into this possibility is Targeted Growth. By manipulating the plant's genetic code, the cells could continue to divide and grow past the usual stopping point in the lifecycle. Early experiments show a 20 percent increase in crop yield. Capricorn Management, the investment firm led by former eBay president Jeff Skoll, has pumped over $22 million into the company with a goal of testing the technology on a wider variety of crops.
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