Toward rational design of bacterial genomes

Genome The advent of genetic engineering – the ability to edit and insert DNA into living organisms – in the latter half of the 20th century created visions of a new era of synthetic biology, where novel biological functions could be designed and implemented for useful purposes. We are witnessing an exciting revolution of scale, wherein technical progresses allow for the manipulation of genetic material at the whole genome level. This will enable the manufacture of increasingly complex genetic designs to solve pressing challenges in health, energy and the environment-if and when such designs can be specified.

This paper argues that the organized development of key common application organisms, engineered for engineerability, and attendant libraries of parts, pathways and standardized manufacturing are necessary for this genome-scale technology to realize its promise.

 

Toward rational design of bacterial genomes. Curr Opin Microbiol. Aug 22 2011

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