Synthetic biology: Genetic kill switches — a matter of life or death

  • Joana Osório
  • Published 2016 in Nature Reviews Genetics


A study in Nature Chemical Biology reports the development of two new strategies to control genetically engineered Escherichia coli on the basis of modular, reprogrammable genetic circuits. The applications of genetically engineered bacteria are diverse and ever-expanding, but the possibility that these organisms escape confinement poses an environmental… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/nrg.2015.29