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Korean Team Develops Process for Generating Putrescine from Bacteria

4:59 AM MDT | August 28, 2009 | Alex Scott

A team of scientists at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST; Daejeon, Korea), led by professor Sang Yup Lee, claim to have achieved the pioneering step of successfully engineering a strain of E. coli bacteria to generate the building block chemical putrescine. The research is published in a recent edition of the scientific journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering.   “For the first time we have developed a metabolically-engineered E. coli strain that efficiently produces putrescine,” Lee says. Lee considers the newly...

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