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Bioengineer is working to make E. coli fight obesity, depression
Bioengineer is working to make E. coli fight obesity, depression

Scientists have made great strides in cataloging the human microbiome, the collection of tiny organisms that live on and in our bodies. Now some researchers want to put those microbes to work. At the forefront of this effort is Jeff Tabor, a synthetic biologist in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston. Last month Tabor received a three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research to genetically modify a strain of Escherichia coli bacteria that lives naturally in the human gut. The ultimate goal is to create a microbe that can detect and treat an intestinal disorder that has been linked to obesity and depression. Tabor has been getting microbes to do his bidding...

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