UCL Division of Biosciences


Prof Chris Barnes’ lab publishes paper in Nature Communication

4 December 2020

Automated design of synthetic microbial communities

Bez Karkaria and Alex Fedorec have had a new paper accepted in Nature Communications

Coordinated behaviour between genetically and phenotypically diverse cells is ubiquitous throughout nature. Through specialisation and compartmentalisation, diverse groups of cells are able to produce integrated multicellular functions. The paper computationally explores different ways in which we can engineer environmental interactions between microbes to enable stable coexistence of multiple species. We predict the most robust topologies in two and three strain networks, and unveil the most important underlying interactions to focus on in the future engineering of multi-species systems.

The lab extends congratulations to them both.

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