A crystallized version of malonic acid, made by yeast, at Lygos

Clean tech rises again, retooling nature for industrial use

Clean tech companies are aiming for a comeback in their quest to use genetic editing to make industrial chemicals. Among them is  Lygos , spun out of Berkeley bioengineering in 2011 to create malonic acid from yeast (instead of the usual cyanide) for use in fragrances and cosmetics.