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== '''Government Push of Metabolic Engineering for Sustainable Chemicals ''' ==
=== '''Government Push of Metabolic Engineering for Sustainable Chemicals ''' ===

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Metabolic Engineering

Metabolic Engineering is the changing and optimization of metabolic pathways in an organism for the increased production of a chemical product. This can include the addition of enzymatic steps catalyzed from enzymes encoded by exogenous genes. With economically viable feedstocks metabolic engineering has become a relevant process by which companies can create sustainable chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Metabolic engineering was first done by chemical mutagenesis of organisms and screening for organisms with increased production of the desired metabolite. Eventually, with increased knowledge of metabolic pathways and genetic engineering techniques in the 1990s the constraints on a metabolic pathway and production of a desired metabolite could be more easily relieved[1]. Modern techniques combine genetic engineering, systems biology, and directed evolution to improve yields in metabolic engineering. A particularly valuable systems biology technique called flux balance analysis, which is "a mathematical method for simulating metabolism in genome scale reconstructions of metabolic networks," has been particularly useful. Bernhard Palsson, an innovator in systems biology, co-founded a metabolic engineering company based on on flux balance analysis [2]

Examples of Metabolic Engineering

Government Push of Metabolic Engineering for Sustainable Chemicals