Abstract / Description of output
While synthetic biology represents a promising approach to solve real-world problems, the use of genetically modified organisms is a cause of legal and environmental concerns. Cell-free systems have emerged as a possible solution but much work is needed to optimize their functionality and simplify their usage for Synthetic Biology. Here we present TXO, transcription-only genetic circuits, independent of translation or post-translation maturation. RNA aptamers are used as reaction output allowing the generation of fast, reliable and simple-to-design transcriptional units. TXO cell-free reactions and their possible applications are a promising new tool for fast and simple bench-to-market genetic circuit and biosensor applications.