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There is a common concept in life: large and complex molecules result from the synthesis
of units that are later joined together. Mankind learned this principle and employed
it to develop language, culture, and technology. This same principle is applied in
the petrochemical industry by fractionating the fossilized carbon chains into small
molecules and then polymerizing them in order to develop synthetic polymers, which are
much more flexible, resistant, and durable than natural polymers. Recent developments
in molecular biology have opened the possibility of modifying organisms in order to
create new biosynthetic routes for the production of monomers that would fit the biggest
challenge in modern society: the production of high quality polymers from renewable
feedstocks. This review focuses on the latest advances in molecular biology and the new knowledge and technologies that enable the possibility of converting cells into efficient and sustainable chemical reactors. The first examples of this technological advancement are already in the market.