What is Synthetic Biology?

Synthetic biology is a relatively new area of research,  and has not yet been clearly defined.

In broad terms:

Synthetic biology is an emerging, multidisciplinary technology at the intersection of engineering, bioscience, chemistry, and information technology.

This new and exciting area of research combines science and engineering in order to design and build (or ‘synthesize') novel biological functions, parts and systems as well as redesigning existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.

Synthetic biology uses engineering concepts to leverage the power of biology. Through the design and construction of biological systems it is now possible to turn organisms into living factories, capable of producing chemicals previously attainable only through expensive extractions or through the use of petrochemicals and other non-renewable resources.

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Videos

Introducing Synthetic Biology

Stop motion/clay animation video by iGEM Team TU Munich 2011. View video >>

 

Synthetic Biology Explained

Introducing the concept of biobricks.Written, animated and directed by James Hutson at Bridge8, with funding from the Australian Government. View video >>