10 Ways Genetically Engineered Microbes Could Help Humanity
Erik Larson | August 16, 2008 at 08:12 amby
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After giving us lifetimes of plagues, colds, and athlete’s foot, microbes are being recruited and transformed to fight disease—and help us in other ways, too. The technology emerging from the Human Genome Project has made sequencing DNA one-fiftieth the cost of a decade ago and given geneticists a wealth of information, so that a standard laboratory organism can be altered with relative ease. With some tweaks to their genetic code, microbes can be turned into tiny workhorses:
Fighting disease, making fuel, preventing aircraft accidents by detecting stresses in metal, glow-in-the-dark and self-cleaning clothes!
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