Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chassis

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a green microalga. The unicellular and genetically modifiable organism posses several characteristics making it an interesting model organism for synthetic biology.

  • Inexpensive & easy cultivation
  • Phototrophic
  • Enviromental-safe
  • Two expression compartments (nucleus & chloroplast)
  • Post-translational modification
  • one organism = single cell


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[2] Sasso, S., et al. (2018). "From molecular manipulation of domesticated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to survival in nature." eLife 7: e39233.