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These same processes can also be used to produce everything from biofuels to fish oil replacements. “Microbial oils have been studied for about 100 years now. So the science is actually pretty old,” Boundy-Mills says. There’s still plenty of opportunity for new discoveries, though: There are more than 150 known strains of yeast that can produce as least 20% of their weight as oil, but only several have been the focus of significant research, she adds.But the economics are tricky, whether microalgae or yeast is being used. “Running a bioreactor is expensive,” Boundy-Mills says,…

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