San Diego's Diversa is sort of the Indiana Jones of the biotech field. The company earns money from discovering microbes with unusual commercial properties. Some produce enzymes that get sold to the food industry or pharmaceutical designers.
They go all over the world to find them. One of the company's microbes was discovered in a frozen cow pie from Siberia.
With the growing popularity of alternative energy, the company will move into biofuels, said William Baum, executive vice president of Diversa. In about a year, the company hopes to have a partner to produce corn ethanol. In these … Read more