New biosensors bring industrial biomanufacturing one step closer


“Accelerating evolution to make awesome amounts of valuable chemicals.” This is how Wyss Institute core faculty member George Church described his group’s ongoing biomanufacturing research at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. These researchers envision a future in which “fleets of genetically engineered bacterial cells, such as common E. coli” have been reprogrammed to create valuable chemical commodities in an environmentally friendly way. By leveraging their natural metabolic processes, bacteria could be reprogrammed to convert readily available sources of natural energy into pharmaceuticals, plastics and fuel products.
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