K. Xue

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A common assumption of microorganisms is that laboratory stocks will remain genetically and phenotypically constant over time, and across laboratories. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that mutations can ruin strain integrity and drive the divergence or “domestication” of stocks. Since its discovery in 1960, a stock of Methylobacterium extorquens(More)
cellulose, found for example in corn stover, the portion of the plant that usually goes to waste. Cellulose is the most abundant organic molecule on the planet and is found in the cell walls of all plants. As a fuel source, cellulose has immense potential; a report by the National Resources Defense Council projects that by 2050, the U.S. could produce half(More)
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