Saturday, March 21, 2009

Evolving Bacteria

Molecular geneticist George Church and colleagues have developed a technique called MAGE (multiplex-automated genomic engineering) that allows rapid insertion of multiple genes into bacterial genomes, bypassing the tedious one-by-one insertions used in the past. The technique will allow faster and cheaper engineering of a variety of bacterial products, from drugs to fuels.

(image credit: MAGE machine, George Church, via technologyreview.com)