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Bioengineering microbial communities: Their potential to help, hinder and disgust

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posted on 2023-02-27, 06:31 authored by D Sivasubramaniam, Ashley FranksAshley Franks
ABSTRACT: The bioengineering of individual microbial organisms or microbial communities has great potential in agriculture, bioremediation and industry. Understanding community level drivers can improve community level functions to enhance desired outcomes in complex environments, whereas individual microbes can be reduced to a programmable biological unit for specific output goals. While understanding the bioengineering potential of both approaches leads to a wide range of potential uses, public acceptance of such technology may be the greatest hindrance to its application. Public perceptions and expectations of “naturalness,” as well as notions of disgust and dread, may delay the development of such technologies to their full benefit. We discuss these bioengineering approaches and draw on the psychological literature to suggest strategies that scientists can use to allay public concerns over the implementation of this technology.

Funding

A. E. Franks receives funding from the Defense Science Institute Synthetic Biology Initiative, Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP140100459), Office of Naval Research Global (Award No N626909-13-1-N259) and Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development Award Number FA2386-14-1-4032).

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Publication Date

2016-06-01

Journal

Bioengineered

Volume

7

Issue

3

Pagination

8p. (p. 137-144)

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN

2165-5987

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© 2016 Crown copyright. Published with license by Taylor & Francis.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use,distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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