An introduction to synthetic biology

Carolyn M.C. Lam, Miguel Godinho, Vítor A.P. Martins Dos Santos*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynthetic Biology
Subtitle of host publicationThe Technoscience and Its Societal Consequences
EditorsMarkus Schmidt, Alexander Kelle, Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, Huib Vriend
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9789048126774
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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