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Can Gene-editing Help Solve the Energy Crisis?

Can Gene-editing Help Solve the Energy Crisis?

What role can biofuels play in fighting climate change and can CRISPR sequencing technology help it reach its potential?

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recently published (9 December 2020) a report detailing its recommendations for the Sixth Carbon Budget, which set out the steps the UK must take to achieve its goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. One of the major recommendations from the report was the need to rapidly replace the use of primary fossil resources with low-carbon alternatives, such as biofuels.

In this online course, you will explore the potential of biofuels as renewable energy sources and delve into the field of genetic engineering to enhance their production on an industrial scale.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the challenges associated with biofuel production
  2. Describe biofuels and their classification based on feedstock materials
  3. Identify the advantages of biofuels over conventional petroleum fuels, including their lower greenhouse gas emissions and renewable nature
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