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Researchers Rapidly Turn Bacteria Into Biotech Factories


July 26, 2009

biology graphic Using a novel cell programming method that retools evolution to generate genetic diversity at an unprecedented rate, a research team turned self-serving bacteria into efficient factories for making a variety of compounds, accomplishing in just three days, a feat that would take biotech companies many months--or years. The transformed bacteria produced five times more lycopene (an anticancer antioxidant) than the original bacteria. Full Story

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Harvard Medical School

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