‘Cyborg’ yeast genes may help produce biofuel from microbes

Scientists have formed a “feedback loop” between a computer and a common yeast to precisely control the switching on and off of specific genes. The computer controlled flashes of light to start and stop this gene expression, “learning” how to reach and maintain a set value. The groundbreaking approach that appeared in Nature Biotechnology could help future efforts to control biological processes, such as the production of biofuel from microbes.

Source: TruthDive, November 7, 2011

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