Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


Mutant enzymes give ordinary bacteria unnatural powers

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the bacteria Escherichia coli

With a little bioengineering, Escherichia coli bacteria (artificially coloured) can churn out useful chemicals not found in the natural world. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Nature 598, 543 (2021)



  1. 1.

    Huang, J. et al. Nature Chem. (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


Nature Careers


Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing


Quick links