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IdeasLabs 2011 - Organisms as Chemical Factories - Kristala Prather

http://www.weforum.org/Kristala Prather is getting greener biofuels from tiny microbes. The world needs to provide ever-increasing amounts of energy to the five billion people in developing countries who aspire to developed country lifestyles. Fossil fuel-based energy production consumes immense amounts of water. It also creates intense air pollution. Microbial synthesis is a method of harnessing the synthetic power of biology to build microbial chemical factories. Kristala Prather is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT.
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