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Scientists focused on producing biofuels more efficiently have a new powerful dataset to help them study the DNA of microbes that fuel bioconversion and other processes.

In a paper published in Nature Scientific Data, researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, North Carolina State University and LanzaTech describe methods and results for sequencing the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium. These and other microorganisms play important roles in biofuels, agriculture, food production, the environment, health and disease.

Armed with this knowledge, researchers can modify and optimize the to convert waste into fuel or chemicals. The new Nature journal is dedicated to making scientifically valuable datasets more accessible, and as a result, ORNL scientists envision additional advances over the next few years.

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