Synthetic biology is largely based around the discovery of genetic parts (often promoters of novel organisms).
Biosynthetic Gene Clusters (BGCs) are one element of fungal genomes that require attention from the syn-bio community, because they code for some of the most important antibiotics and environmental toxins discovered today. You may be familiar with some of them:
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Characterizing the promoters from these BGCs means opening a whole new potential for pharmaceutical and environmental studies to take place within synthetic biology labs.
Our goal is to use bioinformatics tools to distinguish these promoters, and compile them for use as biosynthetic parts.
It is our hope that these parts will go on to aid researchers and iGEM teams in the future, once labs become more available.