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Keck Awarded $4.88M Grant to Rewire Yeast

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences has been awarded a 5-year, $4.88 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate cellular function and determine whether or not cells can be reengineered, KGI said today.

KGI researchers will be using the funding -- made available through the NSF's Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research program -- to "rewire" the molecular machinery of S. cerevisiae yeast, predict the reaction of the cellular machinery to the rewiring, and compare it with direct experiments.

KGI said it believes that if functional modules in the cell can be rewired, it may be possible to "reengineer" cells for complex functions.

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