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Synthetic biology

Engineering explored

Synthetic biology involves the creation of biological systems for new applications by modifying and reassembling biological components. Two views are presented here on the best way to engineer these components so that they reliably generate organisms with desired traits.

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Figure 1: Two methods for the synthetic engineering of organisms.


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Correspondence to Pamela A. Silver, Jeffrey C. Way, Frances H. Arnold or Joseph T. Meyerowitz.

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Silver, P., Way, J., Arnold, F. et al. Engineering explored. Nature 509, 166–167 (2014).

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