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New one-step genetic engineering technology [Registered]

Australian and US researchers report a new, streamlined approach to genetic engineering that drastically reduces the time and effort needed to insert new genes into bacteria, the workhorses of biotechnology. The findings are reported the May issue of ACS Synthetic Biology. The method paves the way for more rapid development of designer microbes for drug development, environmental cleanup and other activities. The lead researcher Keith Shearwin and colleagues explain that placing, or integrating, a piece of the genetic material DNA into a bacterium’s genome is critical for making designer bacteria. That DNA can give microbes the ability to churn out…

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