Minimizing interference due to genetic manipulation
Author(s)Wang, Jerry S
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Timothy K. Lu.
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Synthetic gene networks are the functional genetic 'programs' that will form the basis of increasingly sophisticated engineered organisms, cells and tissues. Important factors to consider in biologically engineering circuits are modularity and orthogonality of the components. We explore these factors experimentally by using TALEs as a synthetic transcription factor. We also designed an algorithm to find optimal locations to insert synthetic gene networks into the cell so that interference is minimized and orthogonality is maximized. Finally, we developed a method for encrypting and decrypting these genetic 'programs' for the protection of intellectual property. Together these projects explore ways of minimizing unwanted effects due to genetic manipulation.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 53-55).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.