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Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology


September 26, 2017

Scientists and engineers have developed synthetic gene circuits that program the functionality, performance and behavior of living cells. These gene circuits hold great promise in medical and biotechnological applications, but to date, most circuits are constructed through a manner, which relies on a designer's intuition and is often inefficient. University of Illinois researcher Ting Lu and his team have addressed the challenge by constructing an integrated modeling framework. Full Story

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