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unswsydney OP t1_ixjhwkx wrote

Hi r/science!

Researchers from our School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences have become the first in the world to use CRISPR gene-editing technology to alter a flagellar motor.

They used synthetic biology techniques to engineer a sodium motor onto the genome to create a sodium-driven swimming bacteria. They then tested and tracked the bacteria’s ability to adapt when the environment was starved of sodium, showing the stators were able to rapidly self-repair the flagellar motor and restore movement.

Associate Professor Matthew Baker, a co-author of the paper said the study’s findings can help us better understand the origin of molecular motors in mechanistic detail, how they came together and how they adapt.

Here's a link to the published research if you're keen on having a read:


insaneintheblain t1_ixkfh00 wrote

Are you the UNSW science social media content manager OP? That would be a great job :)


unswsydney OP t1_ixkld7b wrote

u/insaneintheblain Hi! Yep, the account is managed by a few of us in the news team here at UNSW. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions for our researchers :)