Tools developed for making complex biological machines from yeast

A way to create a new type of biological wire that interacts with DNA using proteins and behaves like electronic circuitry wires has been demonstrated by the researchers of Imperial College London. According to the scientists, their new biological wire has several advantages such as to create probably billions of connections between DNA components and the wire can be re engineered over and over again. Before, to link DNA components in biological machines, limited numbers of wires were available to scientists, which restricted the complexity that could be achieved.

Researchers develop tools to make more complex biological machines from yeast

Apart from the wire more of the basic DNA components called ‘promoters’ have been developed by the team, which reprogram the yeast for performing different tasks. At present to engineer biological machines a limited catalogue of components is available to the scientists. Using rapid Open Access publication for freely availing the components pool after enlarging them to the scientific community it seems that the aims of the team as per today’s study is to urge development in synthetic biology. In future applications of this work can include yeast capable of recording environmental conditions when biofuels are manufactured for determining whether the production process can be improved and a tiny yeast based machines, which will seek contaminants in water supplies once dropped in them.

Via: Physorg

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