Changing Bacteria from Warm- to Cold-Loving

Changing Bacteria from Warm- to Cold-Loving

Author: ChemistryViews

What makes bacteria adapt to extreme environments?
Recent evidence from Víctor de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Spain, suggests that a limited number of functions suffice to change the predilection of microorganisms for radically different environmental scenarios. For instance, expression of a few genes from cold-loving bacteria in mesophilic hosts allows them to grow at much lower temperatures and become heat-sensitive.

These findings can provide new tools for engineering bacteria with a superior biotechnological performance for applications such as designing vaccines based on temperature-sensitive pathogens.

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