Metabolic engineering: The sweet smell of biosynthesis

March 9th, 2014 by Brett M Barney

Nature Chemical Biology 10, 246 (2014). doi:10.1038/nchembio.1480

Author: Brett M Barney

Metabolically engineered cells are yielding an expansion of specialty chemicals that rival or supplement traditional petroleum-derived chemicals. New results establish a biosynthetic route to volatile esters and larger acetate esters equivalent in size to biodiesel, providing an intriguing new direction to create fragrances, chemicals or fuels.