Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests. Scientists have devised a method that could lead to cheap, environmentally friendly ways of making products for use in the cosmetics, plastics and food industries.
Researchers in the lab of Professor Susan Rosser, Director of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, have built drug-induced degradable variants of the gene-editing tool Cas9 to create an externally controllable system with greater dynamic for regulating gene expression.
Researchers at SynthSys have developed a novel modelling approach to predict how microbial communities might adapt in response to their changing environment. Such insights could be valuable in understanding how microbial communities emerge, establish, and diversify.