synthetic biology


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synthetic biology

n.
The branch of biology that involves undertaking large-scale manipulation of DNA sequences in order to modify biological systems to perform novel functions, such as the production of drugs or the destruction of cancer cells.
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The magazine uncharacteristically created a comic book, Adventures in Synthetic Biology, that went with the special issue and imagined a junior scientist reprogramming some bacteria to see what happens, only to have it grow to enormous size and then explode.
The proposals for the 2012 G-Prize represent some of the most cutting-edge approaches to using synthetic biology that I have seen, spanning fields as diverse as reprogramming protein interactions, computational design of antibodies, and DNA storage for space exploration," said Michael Jewett, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University and a G-Prize judge.
The synthetic biology core facility will be upgraded and an innovative doctoral training programme on biomechanical engineering will be established.
US synthetic biology pioneer Dr Jef Boeke, director of the New York University Langone Medical Centre, said: "Our research moves the needle in synthetic biology from theory to reality.
3 million investment in the Synthetic Biology sector, from which the Synpromics grant has been awarded, please see the following announcement from the cabinet office Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Synthetic biology was born a little more than a decade ago, an offshoot of traditional genetic engineering but distinct in its ambitions, precision and mind-set.
Church, a pioneering geneticist who started the Personal Genome Project, introduces the new field of synthetic biology and synthetic genomics, which promises the possibility of creating new species of organisms by altering portions of the genomes of existing living organisms.
While the synthetic genome is a significant technical achievement, synthetic biology as a field is still in its early stages.
But Rejeski could see that Venter, who has a reputation for being a renegade researcher with little regard for the "rules" society attempts to place on science, was telling a powerful story designed to downplay the potential risks of synthetic biology.
The potential of synthetic biology exploded into the public realm just a month ago, when entrepreneur Craig Venter of the J.
David Rejeski, who directs the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, predicts a steady convergence of nanotechnology and synthetic biology will redefine manufacturing over the next 100 years.
The field of synthetic biology combines knowledge from various disciplines, including molecular biology, engineering, mathematics, and physics.
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