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How Existing Biotechnologies Compare

11:28 AM MST | December 10, 2010 | —laura templer

Biotech firms disagree on whether or not synthetic biology will revolutionize biofuel and biochemical production or be perfected too late to overtake biotechnology processes already employed today. The most commonly used processes involve creating a completely new single gene, or altering an existing one to enhance its effects. This is achieved in a number of ways that can vary from more random systems, such as ultraviolet mutagenesis, to the more refined and selective methods, such as specific basepair changes. Metabolic engineering is another type of...

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