With Rhodopsin, Researchers Create Light-Powered Yeast, Providing Insights into Evolution, Biofuels, Cellular Aging

You may be familiar with yeast as the organism content to turn carbs into products like bread and beer when left to ferment in the dark. In these cases, exposure to light can hinder or even spoil the process. In a new study published January 12, 2024 in Current Biology, researchers in Georgia Tech’s School of Biological Sciences have engineered one of the world’s first strains of yeast that may be happier with the lights on. The article is titled “Transforming Yeast into a Facultative Photoheterotroph Via Expression of Vacuolar Rhodopsin.”
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