Crop Biotech Update

Biosensors for GE Microbe Developed

August 12, 2015

Wyss Harvard researchers were able to develop a new biosensor that does not only increase the number of cellular switches and levers, but also respond to valuable products such as renewable plastics or costly pharmaceuticals and give microbes a voice to report their own efficiency in making these products.

This new biosensor can be applied in the development of renewable chemical production strategies using genetically engineered (GE) microbes. Through the use of this new biosensor, it can signal individual cells to give off visible fluorescence corresponding to their efficiency in producing a desired chemical commodity. It can easily identify the most efficient microbial worker that can be the basis in developing engineered bacteria for renewable chemical production. Furthermore, it can also be applied in environmental monitoring through the use of GE microbes which can give warning signals in the presence of pollutants.

Full details of the study can be read at the Wyss Institute website.