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Researchers create synthetic cells to isolate genetic circuits | MIT News

Synthetic biology allows scientists to design genetic circuits that can be placed in cells, giving them new functions such as producing drugs or other useful molecules. However, as these circuits become more complex, the genetic components can interfere with each other, making it difficult to achieve more complicated functions.

MIT researchers have now demonstrated that these circuits can be isolated within individual synthetic “cells,” preventing them from disrupting each other. The researchers…

Author of the article: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, November 14, 2016

Read the whole story here:Researchers create synthetic cells to isolate genetic circuits | MIT News.

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Source: Researchers create synthetic cells to isolate genetic circuits | MIT News

Image: Nick Fair, MIT researchers have developed a way to isolate genetic circuits within individual synthetic “cells,” preventing the circuits from disrupting each other.

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