Synthetic biology: Building genetic containment

January 19th, 2016 by Karmella A Haynes

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 55 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2004

Author: Karmella A Haynes

Since the 1980s, scientists have worked on designing genetic codes to reinforce containment and control of genetically engineered microbes. New mechanistic studies of “deadman” and “passcode” gene circuits provide a flexible platform to build new safety switches.