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Optimization of Bacterial Strains with Variable-Sized Evolutionary Algorithms

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Optimization of Bacterial Strains with Variable-Sized Evolutionary Algorithms
—In metabolic engineering it is difficult to identify which set of genetic manipulations will result in a microbial strain that achieves a desired production goal, due to the complexity of the metabolic and regulatory cellular networks and to the lack of appropriate modeling and optimization tools. In this work, Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) are proposed for the optimization of the set of gene deletions to apply to a microorganism, in order to maximize a given objective function. Each mutant strain is evaluated by resorting to the simulation of its phenotype using the Flux-Balance Analysis approach, together with the premise that microorganisms have maximized their growth along natural evolution. A new set based representation is used in the EAs, using variable size chromosomes, allowing for the automatic discovery of the optimal number of gene deletions. This approach was compared with a traditional binary-based Genetic Algorithm. Two case studies are presented considering the prod...
Miguel Rocha, José P. Pinto, Isabel Rocha,
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where CIBCB
Authors Miguel Rocha, José P. Pinto, Isabel Rocha, Eugénio C. Ferreira
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