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Genome Res. 2007 Jan;17(1):1-6. Epub 2006 Dec 6.

Synthetic biology projects in vitro.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. a.forster@vanderbilt.edu


Advances in the in vitro synthesis and evolution of DNA, RNA, and polypeptides are accelerating the construction of biopolymers, pathways, and organisms with novel functions. Known functions are being integrated and debugged with the aim of synthesizing life-like systems. The goals are knowledge, tools, smart materials, and therapies.

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