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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Feb;23(1):22-8. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.10.014. Epub 2011 Nov 19.

Metabolomics-assisted synthetic biology.

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School of Chemistry, Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 7ND, UK. D.Ellis@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

As the world progresses from a fossil-fuel based economy to a more sustainable one, synthetic biology will become increasingly important for the production of high-value fine chemicals as well as low-value commodities in bulk. The integration of metabolomics and fluxomics within synthetic biology projects will be vital at all levels, including the initial design of the pathways to be generated, through to the optimisation of those pathways so that more efficient conversion of low-cost starting materials into highly desirable products can be achieved. This review highlights these areas and details the most important and exciting advances being made in this area.

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22104721
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10.1016/j.copbio.2011.10.014
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