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Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria


April 5, 2017

Synthetic biologists at Rice University have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis in mice. The research points the way to new experiments for studying how gut bacteria and human hosts interact at a molecular level and could eventually lead to orally ingestible bacteria for monitoring gut health and disease. Full Story

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