Biosynthesis: Bioinformatics bolster a renaissance

September 17th, 2014 by Ségolène Caboche

Nature Chemical Biology 10, 798 (2014). doi:10.1038/nchembio.1634

Author: Ségolène Caboche

Biosynthetic gene clusters encode the enzymatic pathways to make secondary metabolites, molecules of great interest for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Access to an increasing number of microbial genomes, coupled with efficient bioinformatic tools, is creating new momentum in secondary metabolite research.