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In Silico Biol. 2006;6(5):401-10.

Engineering life through Synthetic Biology.

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Delhi College of Engineering, Bawana Road, New Delhi-110042, India. paras.chopra@bt.dce.edu

Abstract

Synthetic Biology is a field involving synthesis of novel biological systems which are not generally found in nature. It has brought a new paradigm in science as it has enabled scientists to create life from the scratch, hence helping better understand the principles of biology. The viability of living organisms that use unnatural molecules is also being explored. Unconventional projects such as DNA playing tic-tac-toe, bacterial photographic film, etc. are taking biology to its extremes. The field holds a promise for mass production of cheap drugs and programming bacteria to seek-and-destroy tumors in the body. However, the complexity of biological systems make the field a challenging one. In addition to this, there are other major technical and ethical challenges which need to be addressed before the field realizes its true potential.

PMID:
17274769
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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