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I'm not sure I agree with all the arguments in this article but he raises some very interesting points and the technology is pretty amazing.
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This could create pretty profound changes for minor procedures very soon.
Four U.S. hospitals are using the Sedasys machine, which is limited to simple screenings in healthy patients.
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I am so grateful for my mother and for the mother of my children!

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“There is no greater honor, no more elevated title, and no more important role in this life than that of mother or father.” —Bonnie L. Oscarson
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"Using fungi for hydrocarbon and biofuels production is better than other methods because they do the work themselves, bypassing multiple complicated chemical processes required by other biofuel production methods. Fungi also have great potential to create the fuel at low cost, Ahring said."
 
BIOFUEL BREAKTHROUGH: Producing jet fuel from common fungus - WSU researchers discover process

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. (See article at https://news.wsu.edu/?p=138280)

The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels.

Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities (http://tricities.wsu.edu/bsel), the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878614615000124).

The fungus produced the most hydrocarbons on a diet of oatmeal but also created them by eating wheat straw or the non-edible leftovers from corn production.

Fungi have been of interest for about a decade within biofuels production as the key producer of enzymes necessary for converting biomass to sugars. Some researchers further showed that fungi could create hydrocarbons, but the research was limited to a specific fungus living within a specific tree in the rainforest, and the actual hydrocarbon concentrations were not reported.

Ahring’s group has previously been successful in using standard Aspergillus fungi to produce enzymes and other useful products, which have been patented and are under commercialization, so they decided to look into A. carbonarius ITEM 5010’s potential for biofuels.
Fungi are complex microorganisms and are not always easy to work with, Ahring said. They have a complex biology that is often poorly understood.

“Not many people in this world actually do this,’’ she said. “The molecular biology piece of it is complicated.’’

The researchers were assisted by Kenneth Bruno, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who developed a method essential for the genetic manipulation of A. carbonarius. The research received funding from the Danish Council for Strategic Research under the program for Energy and Environment.

Using fungi for hydrocarbon and biofuels production is better than other methods because they do the work themselves, bypassing multiple complicated chemical processes required by other biofuel production methods. Fungi also have great potential to create the fuel at low cost, Ahring said.

She suspects the fungi produce hydrocarbons, large compounds that are costly for the organism to produce, as a protective mechanism. Her group showed that fungi react to bacterial attacks by increasing their hydrocarbon production.

The researchers are now working to optimize the fungi’s hydrocarbon production and improve biochemical pathways through genetic engineering. They have obtained mutants with a higher production level and are working on improving these strains by using gene coding for specific hydrocarbons out of blue green bacteria and algae.

It’s the same challenge faced by mold researchers, more than a generation ago, who found they could only produce a tiny amount of their product, Ahring said. Eventually, they optimized production of their product, which became known as antibiotics.

“It’s very promising,’’ she said. “I think that the fungus-based fuels are something that is going to happen. It’s a tremendous opportunity. ’’

Photo: Birgitte Ahring, right, and Ph.D. student Malavika Sinha, look at a new mutant of Aspergillus carbonarius.
 
Contacts:
Birgitte Ahring, WSU Tri-Cities Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, 509-372-7682, bka@wsu.edu
Tina Hilding, WSU Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture communications coordinator, 509-335-5095, thilding@wsu.edu

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#biofuel #environment #bioengineering #petroleum #fuel #WSU #GoCougs #airlines 
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This is a Minute Maid promo, but it is a good reminder that the greatest Love and the greatest Service happen in families!
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I didn't appreciate this principle when I was younger. I'm still striving to more fully live it!
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God gave us the Sabbath Day. Russell M. Nelson shares a great idea about how to keep the Sabbath Day holy.
 
How do we hallow the Sabbath day? In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between me and my Heavenly Father.

With that understanding, I no longer needed lists of dos and don’ts. When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity was appropriate for the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, “What sign do I want to give to God?” That question made my choices about the Sabbath day crystal clear.
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v'sham'ru v'nei yis'ra'el et ha'Shab'bat, the people of israel shall keep sabbath. Ba'ruch a'tah, ADONAI, Ha-EL ha'ka'dosh.Blessed are YOU ADONAI, THE HOLY GOD
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This is a very interesting article. There is growing evidence that the bacteria in our gut has an effect on auto immune diseases including #arthritis ,   #asthma , and #multiplesclerosis  

The article also briefly mentions how diet affect the bacteria -- likely more than probiotics do.
 
An emerging body of research is focusing on a potential culprit of rheumatoid arthritis: the bacteria that live in our intestines. http://bit.ly/1DnzLVv
Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointesntial tracts—may be to blame.
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Have a blast serving at Hammer with a Heart!

#madisonWi #hammerwithaheart
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This is exciting! Researchers are able to teach the body how to fight Melanoma.
Doctors with the Huntsman Cancer Institute said they've altered the cold and herpes viruses as a new approach to one of the deadliest cancers — melanoma.
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Let us remember Jesus. He lives! He is our Savior!
#BecauseHeLives
#JesusChrist
 
Please remember on this Palm Sunday and always, Jesus Christ the Redeemer wants you to succeed. He gave His life for just this purpose. He will help you. ‪#‎BecauseHeLives‬
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