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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Aug;23(4):617-23. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.10.007. Epub 2011 Nov 4.

Recent advances in reconstruction and applications of genome-scale metabolic models.

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Metabolic and Biomolecular Engineering National Research Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (BK21 program), Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, Institute for the BioCentury, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea.


In the last decade, reconstruction and applications of genome-scale metabolic models have greatly influenced the field of systems biology by providing a platform on which high-throughput computational analysis of metabolic networks can be performed. The last two years have seen an increase in volume of more than 33% in the number of published genome-scale metabolic models, signifying a high demand for these metabolic models in studying specific organisms. The diversity in modeling different types of cells, from photosynthetic microorganisms to human cell types, also demonstrates their growing influence in biology. Here we review the recent advances and current state of genome-scale metabolic models, the methods employed towards ensuring high quality models, their biotechnological applications, and the progress towards the automated reconstruction of genome-scale metabolic models.

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