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Synthetic Biology underpins advances in the bioeconomy

Biological systems - including the simplest cells - exhibit a broad range of functions to thrive in their environment. Research in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology is focused on the possibility of engineering the underlying biochemical processes to solve many of the challenges facing society, from healthcare to sustainable energy. In particular, we model, analyse, design and build biological and biochemical systems in living cells and/or in cell extracts, both exploring and enhancing the engineering potential of biology. 

As part of our research we develop novel methods to accelerate the celebrated Design-Build-Test-Learn synthetic biology cycle. As such research in the Centre for Synthetic Biology highly multi- and interdisciplinary covering computational modelling and machine learning approaches; automated platform development and genetic circuit engineering ; multi-cellular and multi-organismal interactions, including gene drive and genome engineering; metabolic engineering; in vitro/cell-free synthetic biology; engineered phages and directed evolution; and biomimetics, biomaterials and biological engineering.



BibTex format

author = {Kreula, SM and Kaewphan, S and Ginter, F and Jones, PR},
doi = {10.7287/peerj.preprints.3472v1},
title = {Finding novel relationships with integrated gene-gene association network analysis of <i>Synechocystis sp. </i>PCC 6803 using species-independent text-mining},
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RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - <jats:p>The increasing move towards open access full-text scientific literature enhances our ability to utilize advanced text-mining methods to construct information-rich networks that no human will be able to grasp simply from 'reading the literature'. The utility of text-mining for well-studied species is obvious though the utility for less studied species, or those with no prior track-record at all, is not clear. Here we present a concept for how advanced text-mining can be used to create information-rich networks even for less well studied species and apply it to generate an open-access gene-gene association network resource for <jats:italic>Synechocystis sp.</jats:italic> PCC 6803, a representative model organism for cyanobacteria and first case-study for the methodology. By merging the text-mining network with networks generated from species-specific experimental data, network integration was used to enhance the accuracy of predicting novel interactions that are biologically relevant. A rule-based algorithm was constructed in order to automate the search for novel candidate genes with a high degree of likely association to known target genes by (1) ignoring established relationships from the existing literature, as they are already 'known', and (2) demanding multiple independent evidences for every novel and potentially relevant relationship. Using selected case studies, we demonstrate the utility of the network resource and rule-based algorithm to (<jats:italic>i</jats:italic>) discover novel candidate associations between different genes or proteins in the network, and (<jats:italic>ii</jats:italic>) rapidly evaluate the potential role of any one particular gene or protein. The full network is provided as an open source resource.</jats:p>
AU - Kreula,SM
AU - Kaewphan,S
AU - Ginter,F
AU - Jones,PR
DO - 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3472v1
TI - Finding novel relationships with integrated gene-gene association network analysis of <i>Synechocystis sp. </i>PCC 6803 using species-independent text-mining
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