19.05.2020 – 14:49
PRESS RELEASE (EN): New method shows promise for the design of more robust microbial strains in biotechnology
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New method shows promise for the design of more robust microbial strains in biotechnology
From sourdough starters to biotechnological bugs, micro-organisms make the products society wants and needs. The new European Green Deal is dependent on engineered microbes to make biochemicals to replace oil and synthetic chemicals as building blocks for consumer goods.Microbes can be repurposed to make useful products but one limitation is that many microbes are not able to cope with the stressful conditions of industrial production. Scientists are searching for ways to increase the strength and resilience of industrial microbes like yeast. This will accelerate the development of clean sustainable processes for industry.
Researchers in the EU-funded project CHASSY took an innovative approach to find ways of increasing the stress tolerance of yeasts. They used high-end computational studies to identify genes that were extra active in yeast under stress. The function of most of these genes was not known, so the researchers developed a new gene-sorting method to try and understand them. In an unexpected twist, the most important genes were all young genes that evolved recently. That means in the last 25 million years or so!
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