Steve Mayfield, founder of Sapphire Energy, doesn’t put energy at the top of algae oil uses.

Steve Mayfield, founder of Sapphire Energy, doesn’t put energy at the top of algae oil uses. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

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Synthetic Genomics has developed a synthetic strain of algae that more than doubles the usual oil yield. The breakthrough is a result of collaboration between the San Diego company and ExxonMobil.

— Those still rooting for the biofuel industry got a glimmer of hope June 12 when local firm Synthetic Genomics announced a potential breakthrough in how algae is produced for fuel...

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