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teafortwo
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:29:57 AM

Once celebrated as an economic mainstay, the tobacco industry has been hard hit by health concerns, bans, lawsuits and the social stigma of cigarette smoking.

Now, UC researchers are testing the plant’s potential to be genetically modified in order to produce socially acceptable bio-fuels to power airplanes, cars and trucks. Preliminary results are encouraging, but more research is required before tobacco can be commercially farmed as an energy crop to meet the demand for alternatives to fossil fuels.

The effort hinges on the introduction of genes, primarily from algae that turn sunlight into oil, into the cells of tobacco leaves. The researchers hope that the modified cells can be used to grow mature plants that make the same kind of oils that algae do.

“We can then use organic
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:47:14 AM

We will see.
Bttlecat
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:13:25 PM

A lot of cars already smoke enough. Now will we have to carry a cancer policy for our auto?
teafortwo
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:42:49 PM


Tobacco is an interesting plant. Very high in protein but it does not taste good.

However, as a fuel source?
Tobacco requires intense farming practices, which IMHO makes it a thumbs down loser.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:43:38 PM

I am not sure that the tobacco industry is worth saving. From what I understand, tobacco is pretty hard on the soil. The land might be put to better use growing food.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:01:41 PM

Yeah, let's get the American citizen to stop smoking and get their vehicles to start! Government feel-good and that high tax money: a win-win situation for the bureaucrat.
peakkeller
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:25:05 AM

Wouldn't this be a fascinating turn of history!
Eugenian
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:59:43 AM

@bar1035: If it drives tobacco prices up and kills the cigarette/death-for-profit industry, those gub-munt dollars spent are a great bargain for the American public.

[Edited by: Eugenian at 5/1/2013 11:00:59 AM EST]
bar1035
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:59:28 AM

Your tax dollars at work on another niche project.

"The research, which is being conducted in cooperation with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Kentucky, is funded with a three-year $4.8-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, which funds high-risk, high-reward research projects to find potential alternatives to fossil fuels."

Tacodan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:55:57 AM

Up in Smoke !

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Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:49:17 AM

Cool, I mean KOOL.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:48:11 AM

that would be a novel use but will burning it cause polution too
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:37:31 AM

i bet cheech and chong could help
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:35:37 AM

Better idea than using corn for fuel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:31:03 AM

I guess we will hear about "second hand" exhaust.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:26:58 AM

Awesome!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:18:59 AM

What will they come up with next, a cure for cancer?
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:15:48 AM

they musnt have heard the main chemist story yet, how its not profitable
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:13:24 AM

just make sure you park 8 ft away from the door
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:09:01 AM

interesting
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:06:00 AM

A new source of income for the first Nation ??
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 5:59:57 AM

Hope it doesn't cause cancer of the engine
yardslave
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 5:54:16 AM

It ain't just for smokin or chewin
pscamp
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 5:08:01 AM

Really??
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:34:20 AM

Sounds like it may work.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:18:17 AM

LA times? algtae don't take up much useable space
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:08:47 AM

Sounds better than using food.
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 3:53:45 AM


Somebody will try to smoke it.
Snowball2013
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 3:12:46 AM

Great news
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:33:03 AM

Less smoke more fumes, well cleaner fumes
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