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Title: Building a genome engineering toolbox in nonmodel prokaryotic microbes

The realization of a sustainable bioeconomy requires our ability to understand and engineer complex design principles for the development of platform organisms capable of efficient conversion of cheap and sustainable feedstocks (e.g. sunlight, CO 2, non-food biomass) to biofuels and bioproducts at sufficient titers and costs. For model microbes such as E. coli, advances in DNA reading and writing technologies are driving adoption of new paradigms for engineering biological systems. Unfortunately, microbes with properties of interest for the utilization of cheap and renewable feedstocks such as photosynthesis, autotrophic growth, and cellulose degradation have very few, if any, genetic tools for metabolic engineering. Therefore, it is important to begin to develop 'design rules' for building a genetic toolbox for novel microbes. Here, we present an overview of our current understanding of these rules for the genetic manipulation of prokaryotic microbes and available genetic tools to expand our ability to genetically engineer non-model systems.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0006-3592
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; Engineering Thermophiles to Produce Drop-in Biofue; Design and engineering of synthetic control archit; Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI)
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Journal ID: ISSN 0006-3592
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; bioengineering; genetic tools; genome editing; genome engineering; CRISPR; transformation
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1439401