Standardization for natural product synthetic biology

Huimin Zhao, Marnix H. Medema

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Standardization is one of the foundational features of modern-day engineering, and the use of standardized parts and processes is a key element that distinguishes bona fide synthetic biology from traditional genetic engineering. Here, we discuss the role of standardization in natural product synthetic biology, focusing on standardization of data on biosynthetic pathways and gene clusters, as well as the role of standardization in the process of biosynthetic gene cluster engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)920-924
Number of pages5
JournalNatural Product Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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