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Web Date: August 10, 2015

Engineering A New Chemical Communication System Into Bacteria

Synthetic Biology: Putting a synthetic quorum-sensing system into gram-positive bacteria could help improve industrial enzyme production
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: quorum sensing, bacteria, gram-positive, synthetic biology

Many species of bacteria use quorum sensing, a type of chemical communications system, to direct behaviors—such as virulence, biofilm formation, and motility—on the basis of population density. Now, for the first time, researchers have engineered a synthetic quorum-sensing system in gram-positive bacteria, which could reduce the cost of producing proteins in these organisms (ACS Synth. Biol. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.5b00099).

Bacteria naturally use quorum sensing . . .

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