Fighting Cancer with Engineered Microbes

Bacteria are – like nearly every other life form – social beings, responding to their neighbors and surroundings in intricate ways. Modifying metabolism based on nearby organisms allows single celled creatures to have outsized impact, by making extensive biofilms or swarming to degrade a new food source, for example.

And now, synthetic biologists are working to harness this community-based behavior to fight cancer. Tal Danino, the Director of the Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory at

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