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2018
26 OCT

Tampering with cellular fats holds great promise

Researchers have found a way to engineer the lipid composition of cell membranes. The method described in Science makes it easier to investigate how cells are regulated...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Synthetic biology
2017
14 JUN

Scientists solve 30-year old mystery on how resistance genes spread

Scientists have revealed that certain disease-causing bacteria get their resistance genes in a complex process involving bacterial ‘sex’. This new knowledge can potentially...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
04 APR

Scientists discover how to make ‘click-on’ antibiotics

An international team of scientists have shown that they can modify a well-known antibiotic into new derivatives. The technique paves the way for new antibiotics, which...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
03 APR

Turning smelly waste into green chemicals and plastics

Researchers and companies enrolled in a new international project called DAFIA will turn fish waste and organic household rubbish into high value products such as plastic...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
24 MAR

Aging: The environment affects the genome

A new study of aging E. coli bacteria shows that cells mutate with age. With this knowledge, scientists will be able to make vulnerable genes more robust in order to...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
06 MAR

The first steps towards strawberry pills against Alzheimer's

In a few years, you could probably take a strawberry pill to prevent Alzheimer's or red wine pills against heart diseases. Researchers have studied the beneficial molecules...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
30 JAN

New pre-pilot plant will develop cell factories for industry

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted almost 118 M DKK for the establishment of a fermentation plant at DTU Biosustain. The plant will make it possible to test so-called...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
09 JAN

Important bio-chemical produced on a large scale by E.coli

E. coli cells have now been engineered into producing large quantities of serine, which is used in detergents, tube feeding formula, and as building blocks for many...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
2016
24 NOV

Take a closer look at your E. coli

Researchers from the The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability have discovered that different E. coli strains, often thought to be very similar, actually...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
23 NOV

Growth switches make bacteria better at producing chemicals

A set of new molecular switches enable researchers to “push” bacteria to produce higher amounts of desired chemicals and proteins. The trick is to limit cell growth while...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
17 NOV

HRH Prince Joachim was impressed with DTU Biosustain

On November 17, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim cut the ribbon to the new home of The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability – DTU Biosustain. The Prince...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
14 NOV

The Novo Nordisk Foundation grants almost 8 Mio. DKK to three CFB projects

Three researchers from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) have each been granted more than 2.5 Mio. DKK by the Novo Nordisk Foundation for...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
04 OCT

New biosensor reveals transporter proteins – points towards new antibiotics

A new cutting edge biological sensor have led to the discovery of 25 transporter proteins in bacteria. Transporters control bacterial communication and their uptake of...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
22 SEP

New biosensors enable real-time monitoring of chemical production.

Living cells can be genetically modified to produce valuable chemicals. But identifying the best performing cells is often hard and tedious. Now, researchers have developed...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
21 SEP

Future PAcMEN will hunt for bio-fuels and bio-chemicals

Even though the name implies it, the PAcMEN program has nothing to do with hungry cheeses hunting for ghosts. Instead, the PAcMEN-program – which has now been granted...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
 Illustration of a method of DNA sequencing. Credit: Colourbox
15 SEP

DTU Biosustain receives a computational power shot of DKK 90 million

A grant of DKK 90 million (EUR 12 million) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation gives DTU Biosustain an enormous ‘computational injection’. The goal is to develop quicker...

Cells Biological systems Synthetic biology
23 MAY

14 new bacterial experts are about to hit the industry

This summer 14 PhD students from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability’s BacTory program will graduate. The students have been collaborating with an...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
20 APR

From the University of Copenhagen to DTU with a load of moss

Physcomitrella patens is not just a small, bashful plant that principally grows in Central Europe. It is also the launchpad for Henrik Toft Simonsen’s green cell factories...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Cells Synthetic biology Medicine and medico technology
05 APR

Paper on hemoglobin-producing yeast cells wins prestigious prize

Scientists from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center For Biosustainability has shown that yeast cells can produce great amounts of active human hemoglobin – the proteins...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
01 APR

Using big “bio-data” to design better cell factories

The EU has granted 6.3 million Euros to the project DD-DeCaF, coordinated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Software and programming Data analysis IT systems
19 FEB

Cell factory pioneer receives Novozymes Prize

Professor Jens Nielsen, DTU Biosustain, has been awarded the 2016 Novozymes Prize. 

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Synthetic biology
2015
24 JUN

Danish Council for Independent Research awards DKK 34.6 million

Four DTU researchers have been awarded the Danish Council for Independent Research’s Sapere Aude grants. The grants amount to DKK 34.6 million for research within such...

Biological systems Cells Quantum theory and atomic physics IT systems Software and programming Systems and data security
20 MAY

Newly discovered mechanism in bacteria can prevent chronic infections

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious health problems in the world. The World Health Organization, WHO, warns that we are heading for a post-antibiotic...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells
Photo: Stamers Kontor
28 APR

One step closer to unified life science research environment

The stone laying ceremony at the new biotechnology laboratory building at Lyngby Campus marks the realization of DTU’s vision to unify a unified life science research...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Cells Biological systems
10 MAR

New theory about water may revolutionize biology

An Italian researcher who has recently completed a visiting professorship at DTU claims that water contains hidden properties which may have a major impact on areas such...

Biological systems Cells Electromagnetism Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases
2014
10 DEC

Prospect of more sustainable pig production

The company VitaLys  produces the amino acid lysine which is added to pig feed. The addition benefits the environment, because lysine reduces the need to give the animals...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Synthetic biology Production animals Food production
19 NOV

Mapped bacterial genomes to improve CF patient treatment

Hardy bacteria strains adapt their genome to the lung environment in patients with long-term infections. Researchers from Rigshospitalet and DTU have mapped the genomes...

Bacteria and microorganisms Cells Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems

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