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United States Patent Application

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This invention relates to a process for producing lipids and amino acids from a gaseous substrate comprising methane and oxygen. The process uses a culture of a methanotrophic microorganism in a liquid nutrient medium. The methanotrophic microorganism can be a Methylomicrobium bacterium and more specifically Methylomicrobium buryatense 5GB1. The lipid products can be in the cellular membrane of the methanotroph and can be extracted in a separate extraction zone.
Lidstrom, Mary Elizabeth (Seattle, WA), Kalyuzhnaya, Marina Georgievna (San Diego, CA), Griffin, Derek Wayne (Skokie, IL), Bourdakos, Nicholas (Skokie, IL), Pienkos, Philip Thomas (Lakewood, CO), Laurens, Lieve Maria Louisa (Denver, CO)
14/ 519,075
October 20, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [0002] This invention was made with Government support under US Department of Energy Assistance Agreement No. DE-AR0000350, CFDA No. 81,135. The Government has certain rights in the invention.