In this video, students explore the work of Jay Keasling, a biologist who is experimenting with ways to produce a cleaner-burning fuel from biological matter using genetically modified microorganisms.
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The web page associated with this video includes a background essay and discussion questions.
Resource will require teacher preparation (and knowledge) to be properly introduced to students.
Keasling's approach involves engineering microbes to eat simple sugars found in plant matter and convert them to biofuels that are substitutes for ethanol. Video also explains some of the difficulties of using these techniques and of harvesting plant material feedstocks without having an impact on land use and climate change.
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Students may find the ideas in this video difficult to understand without some background in microbiology.
The background essay largely repeats what is in the video itself.
The online version is not of sufficient resolution for projection in a classroom. Students might have to watch it on computer screens.