Genetically modified bacteria safe for the environment

Barić, Anja (2015) Genetically modified bacteria safe for the environment. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Huge development in the fields of genetic engineering and biotechnology has made genetically modified bacteria to become irreplaceable in production of industrial and medical compounds. With the goal of raising safety of their use, a lot of an effort has been put to design biocontainment mechanisms which would prevent spreading of GMO bacteria and transfer of recombinant genes into wild type relatives in the case of the escape into the environment. Illustrated in this paper are all known biocontainment mechanisms based on standard biochemistry of living organisms and new generation mechanisms which are at the beginning of their development, and are based on synthetic biology. Basic traits that define these mechanisms are listed, as well as many shortcomings that unfortunately still exist. Biocontainment mechanisms with a hundred percent efficiency could one day enable use of GMO bacteria in open environments and even living organisms and maybe, just a little, change the public opinion on the use of GMO technologies.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Ivančić Baće, Ivana
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 15
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 10:55
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 10:55
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4693

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