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Environmental Innovation|June 18, 2024

VIDEO: Innovative Genomics Institute Working to Develop Microbiome Editing Tools to Solve Health, Climate Issues

Methane is a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. One of the biggest sources of methane: cow burps. But don’t blame the cows! The methane is actually created by microbes in the cow gut. Innovative Genomics Institute researchers Ermias Kebreab and Matthias Hess at UC Davis and collaborators at UC Berkeley are working to develop new tools to block the microbes from creating methane in the first place, sparing the Earth — and the cow — from the effects of the gas.

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