February 13, 2020 – press release: Groundbreaking biotech project funded: Archaea are the new superorganisms

Planegg/Berlin, 13 February 2020 – Everyone can imagine what bacteria and viruses are like, but archaea? Discovered in the late 1970s and determined to be distinct from bacteria, the oldest living organisms on earth have been neglected by science for a long time. A new consortium, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, will decipher the potential of methanogenic archaea to produce marketable products.  The project, named MethanoPEP (Methanogens as platform organisms for energy storage, gene expression and production of chemicals of higher added value), is funded to the tune of millions of euros for the next three years. Participating researchers are already talking about super- and platform organisms and a completely new type of biotechnology. An enormous leap in research and development is expected […]


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