For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria – Richard Dawkins
Genetically engineering bacteria to detect cancer and diabetes http://bit.ly/1eBdgH8
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Micro-organisms like virus and bacteria are ubiquitous in our environment. Believe it or not, some microbes actually help safeguard our health. In fact, the probiotic yoghurt you are consuming everyday, consists of good micro-organisms which has a beneficial effect on our digestive health. Clinicians have been trying since time immemorial to exploit microbes for human benefit. It is in this context, that two groups of synthetic biologists from US and France have been working on genetically modifying E.coli to detect cancer in mice and diabetes in urine.
Sangeeta Bhatia, a biomedical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, and her colleagues collaborated with a team led…
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