NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA2.0 today announced a deal with Newcastle University to develop a protein expression system for Bacillus subtillis.

DNA2.0's GeneGPS gene optimization technology will be the basis for the development of enhanced gene synthesis algorithms for B. subtillis, and the two organizations will leverage their expertise in computational design and the development of bacterial strains with industrial relevance, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm said.

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