Synthetic biology is a newly emerged discipline that came into light several years ago. It is an interdisciplinary field bringing together the expertise from science, engineering, and computing to create artificial parts or systems in the biological world. This chapter provides a concise overview of the background and developments in synthetic biology with focus on some of the latest research findings. It is believed that synthetic biology can open new doors for solutions to many existing daily life problems. However, there are still many challenges to be overcome due to the complex nature of biological systems. The discoveries and knowledge that will be gained from the ongoing studies in synthetic biology will enrich our understanding towards how life has been designed by nature and to what extent it can be altered or improved by artificial interference.
|Title of host publication||Synthetic Biology|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Technoscience and Its Societal Consequences|
|Editors||Markus Schmidt, Alexander Kelle, Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Huib Vriend|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|