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Engineering microbial consortia: a new frontier in synthetic biology
 

Summary: Engineering microbial consortia: a new
frontier in synthetic biology
Katie Brenner1
, Lingchong You2
and Frances H. Arnold1
1
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology 210-41, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
2
Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP), Duke University, Center for
Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine & Applied Sciences (CIEMAS) 2345, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Microbial consortia are ubiquitous in nature and are
implicated in processes of great importance to humans,
from environmental remediation and wastewater treat-
ment to assistance in food digestion. Synthetic biol-
ogists are honing their ability to program the behavior
of individual microbial populations, forcing the microbes
to focus on specific applications, such as the production
of drugs and fuels. Given that microbial consortia can
perform even more complicated tasks and endure more
changeable environments than monocultures can, they

  

Source: Arnold, Frances H. - Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

 

Collections: Chemistry; Biology and Medicine