Bacterial synthetic biology

Bacterial synthetic biology is a scientific discipline that deals with the synthesis of part, or the whole, of bacteria that do not exist in nature in this form. It uses engineering and molecular biology tools.

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  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study finds that sense codon reassignment enables phage resistance and encoded polymer synthesis in Escherichia coli.

    • Ashley York
  • Research Highlights |

    Two studies report synthetic genetic circuits for inducible asymmetric cell division that give rise to cellular differentiation in Escherichia coli.

    • Ashley York
  • News & Views |

    Only a tiny fraction of bacterial species can be cultured and engineered in the laboratory, limiting our ability to deploy bacteria in harsh environments or use them to produce important compounds. Recent work has opened this frontier by developing new methods to characterize and engineer diverse, undomesticated bacterial species.

    • Elizabeth A. Libby
    •  & Pamela A. Silver
    Nature Microbiology 4, 212-213