Airlines may one day have NASA to thank for genetically altered biofuel

Scientists at the University of Florida hope that jatropha genes altered in space might yield a more commercially viable source of jet fuel. Researchers sent hundreds of jatropha samples to the International Space Station, where microgravity will alter their genes -- though just how the plants will change remains unknown. A commercial developer in South Florida wants to develop a genetically altered strain that will grow to a uniform size and be more resistant to drought, making harvesting easier.

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