Co-opting bacterial immune system to turn off specific genes

28 octubre 2014

A technique that co-opts an immune system already present in bacteria and archaea to turn off specific genes or sets of genes — creating a powerful tool for future research on genetics and related fields — has been developed by researchers. «This should not only expedite scientific discovery, but help us better engineer microbial organisms to further biotechnology and medicine,» says a senior author of a paper on the work. «For example, this could help us develop bacterial strains that are more efficient at converting plant biomass into liquid fuels.»