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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2012 Dec;16(5-6):581-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.11.004. Epub 2012 Nov 27.

Aesthetics in synthesis and synthetic biology.

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Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology, Gainesville, FL 32601, United States. sebenner@ffame.org

Abstract

Physicists frequently allow aesthetics to guide their science. Chemists sometimes do. Biologists rarely do. They have encountered too frequently the consequences of the Darwinian 'hack'. The biological parts delivered by Darwinian processes are rarely simple, efficient, or elegant solutions to the biological problems that they address. Nevertheless, as humans, we seek to find aesthetics within our activities. In general, however, it is hard to distinguish what we say is beautiful from what is, in reality, utilitarian.

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PMC3805259
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10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.11.004
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