Brenner, Katie and You, Lingchong and Arnold, Frances H. (2008) Engineering microbial consortia: a new frontier in synthetic biology. Trends in Biotechnology, 26 (9). pp. 483-489. ISSN 0167-7799 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:BREtb08
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Microbial consortia are ubiquitous in nature and are implicated in processes of great importance to humans, from environmental remediation and wastewater treatment to assistance in food digestion. Synthetic biologists are honing their ability to program the behavior of individual microbial populations, forcing the microbes to focus on specific applications, such as the production of drugs and fuels. Given that microbial consortia can perform even more complicated tasks and endure more changeable environments than monocultures can, they represent an important new frontier for synthetic biology. Here, we review recent efforts to engineer synthetic microbial consortia, and we suggest future applications.
|Additional Information:||Copyright © 2008 Elsevier. Available online 31 July 2008. Our research on synthetic microbial consortia is funded by the National Institutes of Health grant NIH 1-R01-CA118486. Thanks to Kevin Boulware and Michael Dougherty for helpful conversations.|
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