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Photosynthetic cell factories

Around 2 billion years ago something extraordinary emerged from the primordial seas of our planet: photosynthetic bacteria.

Known to many as the annually blooming blue algae - the cyano bacteria generated the big bang of life - turning the atmospheric CO2 into oxygen and thus enabling the explosion of life above sea level.

At the University of Turku, professor Yagut Allahyardieva-Rinne and her colleagues are reprogramming these bacteria to produce valuable chemicals.


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