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Microorganisms offer an immense diversity of biosynthetic pathways that can be mined for the production of high-value components to impart flavors, aromas, or key functional properties that mimic the organoleptic attributes of meat, egg, and dairy products. A “wish list” of molecules that are crucial for animal product mimicry should first be developed. Then, microbial biosynthetic pathways can be mined computationally to identify candidate pathways or novel combinations of pathway components for manufacturing these high-value ingredients in a scalable, inexpensive manner via fermentation.
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Microbial fermentation may be able to help us produce lipids that are identical or similar to animal fats—especially saturated fats, which are exceedingly rare in the plant kingdom.
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