Directed evolution has revolutionized biomolecular engineering by applying cycles of mutation, amplification and selection to genes of interest (GOIs). However, classical directed evolution methods that rely on manually staged evolutionary cycles constrain the scale and depth of the evolutionary search that is possible. We describe genetic systems that achieve cycles of rapid mutation, amplification and selection fully inside living cells, enabling the continuous evolution of GOIs as cells grow. These systems advance the scale, evolutionary search depth, ease and overall power of directed evolution and access important new areas of protein evolution and engineering.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)