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Synchronous long-term oscillations in a synthetic gene circuit

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, October 2016
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Title
Synchronous long-term oscillations in a synthetic gene circuit
Published in
Nature, October 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature19841
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Authors

Laurent Potvin-Trottier, Nathan D. Lord, Glenn Vinnicombe, Johan Paulsson

Abstract

Synthetically engineered genetic circuits can perform a wide variety of tasks but are generally less accurate than natural systems. Here we revisit the first synthetic genetic oscillator, the repressilator, and modify it using principles from stochastic chemistry in single cells. Specifically, we sought to reduce error propagation and information losses, not by adding control loops, but by simply removing existing features. We show that this modification created highly regular and robust oscillations. Furthermore, some streamlined circuits kept 14 generation periods over a range of growth conditions and kept phase for hundreds of generations in single cells, allowing cells in flasks and colonies to oscillate synchronously without any coupling between them. Our results suggest that even the simplest synthetic genetic networks can achieve a precision that rivals natural systems, and emphasize the importance of noise analyses for circuit design in synthetic biology.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 617 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 171 27%
Student > Bachelor 94 15%
Researcher 82 13%
Student > Master 72 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 31 5%
Other 74 12%
Unknown 104 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 195 31%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 139 22%
Engineering 51 8%
Physics and Astronomy 39 6%
Chemistry 19 3%
Other 74 12%
Unknown 111 18%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 118. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 April 2024.
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