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Biomanufacturing may be key to long-term manned space missions

Does hold the key to manned of the Moon and Mars? have used to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial-based alternative to the world’s most effective anti-malaria drug, and to develop clean, green and sustainable alternatives to gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. In the future, could also be used to make more practical.

Synthetic biology could be a key to .
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This research was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Towards synthetic biological approaches to resource utilization on space missions. Published 5 November 2014 doi: 10.1098/?rsif.2014.0715 J. R. Soc. Interface 6 January 2015 vol. 12 no. 102 20140715

DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory