Researchers from the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) developed a technique to edit the genome of two bacteria, with the aim of reprogramming their rate of proliferation. Specifically, they are working on a technology that seeks to reduce the growth of cholera and, on the other hand, accelerate the growth of bacteria that benefit soybean production.
“We find that for a gene carry out its function, it is not only necessary to take into account its presence or absence in the genome, but also the physical place it has in the genome and the conjunction that occurs with the rest of the genes. In other words, it depends on where the instrument is located to see how the orchestra plays”, he explained to TechMarkup Alfonso Solerwho leads this research within the university’s Biotechnological Research Institute. The rest of the team is made up of Leticia Larotonda, Ian Medici, Federico Paez Córdoba, Belén Bordignon and Leila Bartrolí.