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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
May 08, 2015
Document and Entity Information    
Entity registrant name METABOLIX, INC.  
Entity central index key 0001121702  
Document type 10-Q  
Document period end date Mar. 31, 2015  
Amendment flag false  
Current fiscal year end date --12-31  
Entity current reporting status Yes  
Entity filer category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity common stock, shares outstanding   135,540,088
Document fiscal year focus 2015  
Document fiscal period focus Q1