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High-throughput evaluation of synthetic metabolic pathways

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A central challenge in the field of metabolic engineering is the efficient identification of a metabolic pathway genotype that maximizes specific productivity over a robust range of process conditions. A new review covers the challenges of optimizing specific productivity of metabolic pathways in cells and new advances in pathway creation and screening.

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Modeling Amazonian transitional forest micrometeorology

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What can mathematical modeling teach us about the micrometeorology of the southern Amazonian ‘transitional’ forest? Quite a lot, it turns out. This particular forest is located between the rain forest of the Amazon Basin and the tropical Brazilian Savanna, so it plays a crucial role in both regional and global biogeochemical cycling. Researchers have delved […]

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Microorganisms in the womb set stage for diseases

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Researchers review importance of microorganisms that exist in the gut, suggesting perturbation of the environment during pregnancy, delivery and early infancy could impact the developing baby’s early microbiome and set the stage for health problems later in life. The term ‘microbiome’ refers to the trillions of organisms we harbor, on our skin and within our […]