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1:14pm, August 28, 2011

Gator fuel
While it’s unlikely to become as chichi as gator skin purses or shoes, fuel made from alligator fat could one day fill the gas tanks of Jaguars and BMWs. A new analysis finds the fat is a good starting material for biofuels: Its biochemical profile is similar to those of many plants already used in biodiesel production and is relatively easy to extract, report University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers. Currently, 15 million pounds of gator lard ends up in landfills each year, the team writes in an upcoming Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. —Rachel Ehrenberg

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