Synthetic biology: advancing biological frontiers by building synthetic systems
- Equal contributors
1 Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 78 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
2 Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Ave, WAB 536, Boston, MA 02115, USA
3 Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Blvd, MC 210-41, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
4 Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, 473 Via Ortega, MC 4201, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Genome Biology 2012, 13:240 doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-2-240Published: 20 February 2012
Advances in synthetic biology are contributing to diverse research areas, from basic biology to biomanufacturing and disease therapy. We discuss the theoretical foundation, applications, and potential of this emerging field.