BOX 4-3What Can We Expect from Synthetic Biology?

Participants in the symposia—while acknowledging the difficulty of prediction in synthetic biology—suggested possible short-and long-term developments in the field.

In 5 years?

  • Multiple global intercommunicating synthetic biology research platforms, including public-benefit facilitities

In 10 years?

  • $20 billion in synthetic biology products
  • Cells routinely engineered to produce desired bulk and fine chemicals

In 20 or 30 years?

  • Rationally engineered multi-cellular tissues or organs
  • Widely deployed cellular computing systems
  • Novel biological manufacturing processes for non-biological products

From: 4, Opportunities and Challenges Emerging via a Networked World

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Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century: Summary Report of a Six Academies Symposium Series.
Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; Policy and Global Affairs; Board on Life Sciences; Division on Earth and Life Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; National Research Council.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2013 Aug 5.
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