General Reviews of Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Biology: Bits and pieces come to life
By James Collins, Professor of Bioengineering at Boston University
This article includes the history of synthetic engineering, up to the current time, possibilities for the future. The PDF can be downloaded FREE.
Nature: 483, S8–S10 (01 March 2012), doi:10.1038/483S8a
By A.E. Osbourn, P.E. O'Maille, S.J. Rosser and K. Lindsey (2012)
A report from the 4th New Phytologist Workshop, Bristol, UK, June 2012
New Phytologist, 196: 671–677. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04374.
Q&A: Circuit capacity
An interview of James Collins, focusing on future applications of synthetic biology. The PDF can be downloaded FREE.Nature 483,S11 (01 March 2012), doi:10.1038/483S11a
Life-changing experiments: The biological Higgs
By Heidi Ledford
What fundamental discoveries in biology might inspire the same thrill as looking for the Higgs boson 'God particle'? Could one answer be synthesizing an evolving, replicating system from scratch? The PDF can be downloaded FREE.
Nature: 483, 528–530 (29 March 2012), doi:10.1038/483528a
Synthetic Biology: Mapping the Scientific Landscape.
By Oldham P, Hall S, Burton G (2012).
A review article using mapping techniques to improve the transparency of synthetic biology and identify the range of institutions, researchers and funding agencies involved.
PLoS ONE 7(4): e34368. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034368
Structural Data in Synthetic Biology Approaches for Studying General Design Principles of Cellular Signaling Networks.
By Christina Kiel, Luis Serrano.
A review paper on the use of structural information for studying protein interaction and signaling networks with particular reference to synthetic biology approaches.
Structure - 7 November 2012 (Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 1806-1813).
Genome-scale engineering for systems and synthetic biology.
By Kevin Esvelt and Harris Wang (2013).
Reviewing current technologies and methodologies for genome-scale engineering in systems and synthetic biology.
Molecular Systems Biology 9 Article number: 641 doi:10.1038/msb.2012.66
Synthetic biology of antimicrobial discovery.
By Bijan Zakeri and Timothy Lu.
The authors discuss the biological engineering of small molecules, peptides, and non-traditional antimicrobials and the application of synthetic biology to antimicrobials discovery.
ACS Synth. Biol., Publication Date (Web): November 19, 2012 (Just Accepted Manuscript). DOI: 10.1021/sb300101g
Roadmaps and other commissioned reports
EnablingTechnologies Roadmap Study for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research (Australia)
This roadmap, published in December 2011, includes a section on Synthetic Biology. As well as general information, it also includes a global market overview and quite a long discussion of the risks.
Applications of Synthetic Biology
Plants: biofactories for a sustainable future?
By Thomas Jenkins, Aurélie Bovi and Robert Edwards
This review paper proposes the use of synthetic biology approaches to ‘re-construct' plant feedstocks for optimal processing of biomass for non-food applications.
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011) 369, 1826–1839, doi:10.1098/rsta.2010.0347
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Programmable single-cell mammalian biocomputers
By Simon Auslander, David Auslander, Marius Muller, Markus Wieland & Martin Fussenegger
Nature, Advanced Online Publication, 3rd June 2012. DOI: 10.1038/nature11149
A tour of the US's clean energy future
By David Biello
A Scientific American report of the third annual ARPA-e summit, which showcased potentially transformative energy technologies such as a microbial fuel cell made using synthetic biology. The report can be accessed for FREE.
Scientific American, 29 February 2012/ Nature, doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10155
Rewritable digital data storage in live cells via engineered control of recombination directionality
By Jerome Bonnet, Pakpoom Subsoontorn, and Drew Endy
PNAS (Published online ahead of print 21 May 2012), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1202344109
Enzymes grow artificial DNA
By Helen Shen
Summary of a recent research paper, showing that laboratory-created variants of DNA can store and transmit information in much the same way as natural DNA. The article can be accessed for FREE.
Nature 19 April 2012, doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10487
Drug development: Holding out for reinforcements
By Michael Eisenstein
Semisynthetic artemisinin from yeast has been one of synthetic biology's success stories. Artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) is a first-line malaria treatment, but this article draws attention to ever-present threat of drug-resistance. The PDF can be downloaded FREE.
Nature: 484, S16–S18 (26 April 2012), doi:10.1038/484S16a
Other Scientific Publications
Rational Diversification of a Promoter Providing Fine-Tuned Expression and Orthogonal Regulation for Synthetic Biology.
By Blount BA, Weenink T, Vasylechko S, Ellis T
PLoS ONE 7(3):e33279.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033279
Synthetic chromosome arms function in yeast and generate phenotypic diversity by design.
By Jessica S. Dymond et al.
Nature, 2011; DOI: 10.1038/nature10403
Versatile RNA-sensing transcriptional regulators for engineering genetic networks
By Julius B. Lucksa, Lei Qia, Vivek K. Mutalikc, Denise Wanga, and Adam P. Arkina
PNAS May 24, 2011 vol. 108 no. 21 8617-8622, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015741108
A CNTFET-Based Nanowired Induction Two-Way Transducers
By Rostyslav Sklyar
ISRN Nanotechnology, vol. 2012, Article ID 102783, 9 pages, 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/102783