The genetic engineering of microbial organisms offers benefits to society through biotechnology applications. Traditionally, the 'engineering' of microbes to arrive at organisms with desired behavior has not been engineering in a strict sense. It has, rather, required months (more often years) of trial-and-error type of experiments, with the undertaking being more akin to art than engineering. Enter synthetic biology, a burgeoning area since the turn of the century that aims to put the engineering into genetic engineering. Here, we provide a short commentary on some advancements in this field. By relating these advances to recent progress in our understanding of extracellular electron transfer in bacteria, we also provide a perspective on synthetic biology having the potential to enable the programming of bacteria for electronics engineering-related applications such as biosensors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2017 IEEE 60th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, MWSCAS 2017|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Sep 27 2017|
|Event||60th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, MWSCAS 2017 - Boston, United States|
Duration: Aug 6 2017 → Aug 9 2017
|Name||Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems|
|Other||60th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, MWSCAS 2017|
|Period||8/6/17 → 8/9/17|
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT This work was supported, in part, by the Office of Naval Research (N00014-13-1-0552 to JAG). The authors acknowledge Michael Winikoff, Communications Director at the BioTechnology Institute of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, for creating Fig. 3.