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Korean researchers engineer an E. coli strain able to produce phenol from glucose

8:25 AM MDT | October 9, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

A Korean research team at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist; Daejeon, South Korea) has successfully developed an engineered E. coli strain, which can produce phenol from glucose, Kaist announced. At present, production of phenol entirely derives from benzene, and annual production exceeds 8 million m.t. worldwide.  Led by led by Professor Sang Yup Lee, the research team noted the genetic and physiological differences of various E. coli strains and investigated 18...

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