Synthetic Biology


Synthetic Biology: An introduction

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Synthetic Biology is a new and growing discipline that brings together basic scientists and engineers to create biologically inspired systems that perform new functions. In July 2012 a panel of independent experts presented a Synthetic Biology Roadmap (PDF, 1,034kB) and Roadmap Landscape (PDF, 95kB) to UK government showing how synthetic biology could become a driving force of the national economy.

The Synthetic Components Network aims to approach Synthetic Biology in a novel and unique way by taking a bottom-up approach to synthetic biomolecluar systems. This will be built upon the principles of biological self assembly and engineering design.

The principal, broader aims of the Synthetic Components Network are:

By the end of the three-year tenure of the Network we aim to have achieved and established the following:


Research Council Funded Networks in Synthetic Biology


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