Engineered Yeast for Heavy Metal Bioremediation and Biomining:
Is Metabolic Engineered Yeast a Sustainable Solution for Heavy Metal Contamination?
In the face of the negative impact on the environment and human and animal health caused by the increasing contamination by heavy metals, scientists are betting on metabolically engineered yeast to reduce heavy metal contamination and contribute to new methods for heavy metal mining.
Currently, several toxic heavy metals are endangering the ecosystem and our health. In this case study, you will review some of the ongoing techniques to remove heavy metals from water and discuss their sustainability. You will also be presented with two scientific articles where different strategies were implemented to design metabolically engineered yeast with enhanced heavy metal tolerance and accumulation. This case will give you the tools to discuss potential applications of this type of engineered yeast, its sustainability, and social justice aspects. I hope you have fun!