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Pathway Engineering

“Put simply, we re-design micro-organisms like bacteria or fungi to produce biochemicals or biofuels in a more sustainable way.

New techniques – like synthetic biology and bioinformatics processes like modelling – enable us to ‘teach’ the host organism to perform only the task we want it to do.

That might be efficiently converting corn or agricultural waste into renewable biofuels that reduce our dependence on oil. New enzymes are making this more cost-effective all the time.

Pathway engineering also helps us increase yield, so our new enzymes can be more efficient, using less feedstock and producing less waste.

That means we can use enzymes to make ethanol or polymers or synthetic rubber in a more sustainable way – with less pollution than chemical processes and less dependence on finite natural resources.”

“In pathway engineering, we teach the organism to express the one activity we want from it.”