Algal discovery aids cancer research

Algal discovery aids cancer research

A team of Michigan State University algae researchers have discovered a cellular “snooze button” that has the potential to improve biofuel production and offer insight into the early stages of cancer. The discovery that the protein CHT7 is a likely repressor…

Tracing light from algae to plants

Tracing light from algae to plants

Researchers have determined the origin of a group of protein-based light sensors in land plants and a series of related phytoplankton by sequencing and comparing RNA in these genomes. Marine phytoplankton are considered responsible for roughly half…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

James “Jamie” Levine took over the reigns at Sapphire Energy in July of this year as former President and CEO Cynthia “CJ” Warner stepped down, retaining her role as chairman of the company’s board of directors…

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Red algae fermentation for ethanol

Business Korea reports that a Korean research team headed by Choi In-gul, a professor at the Department of Biotechnology at Korea University, has successfully defined the fermentation process of red algae and found a clue to making ethanol…

Did Solazyme just patent an algal treatment for diabetes?

Inform Smartbrief reports that Solazyme has been issued US Patent #8,747,834 describing the use of algal biomass as a treatment for impaired glucose metabolism. Solazyme’s natural strain of algae…