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Rhodospirillum rubrum is a bacterium that has the metabolic versatility to produce energy through four different pathways: fermentation, photosynthesis, nitrogen-fixation and cellular respiration.1 R. rubrum can synthesize terpenoids that are utilized in energy production and other cellular functions.2 Different terpenoids are produced depending on what energy the bacteria’s environment provides. This is an indication that the biosynthetic gene expression differs in different metabolic conditions. The goal of this experiment was to investigate the function and expression of the terpenoid biosynthetic gene A2950. Understanding the metabolic process of R. rubrum will assist in improving the efficiency of modern-day cyanobacteria and potentially lower the cost of engineered molecules. -

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Francis Mann



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