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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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109 tweeters
2 Wikipedia pages
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Synchronous long-term oscillations in a synthetic gene circuit
Published in
Nature, October 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature19841
Pubmed ID

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


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 4 <1%
France 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 507 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 163 31%
Student > Bachelor 77 15%
Researcher 73 14%
Student > Master 62 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 28 5%
Other 61 12%
Unknown 55 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 167 32%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 136 26%
Engineering 46 9%
Physics and Astronomy 34 7%
Chemistry 15 3%
Other 59 11%
Unknown 62 12%

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