Engineering Cell Behavior with Synthetic Biology

Dr. Sarah Richardson

Engineering Cell Behavior with Synthetic Biology

In this webinar, you will learn how synthetic biology can be used to engineer desirable and robust behaviors or traits into model organisms.
The main aspects to be covered in this webinar include:

  • Introduction to synthetic biology – what it is and what it’s not
  • Popular applications for synthetic biology in research
  • The pros and cons of synthetic biology
  • Tips and resources for getting started in this field

The Sky Is the Limit with Synthetic Biology!

The notion of synthetic biology began to receive attention in the 1970s with the discovery of restriction endonucleases. However, the field had its real debut in 2000, when research groups in the US used synthetic biology techniques to devise biological circuit devices controlling gene expression and biological clocks by combining different genes in E. coli.

Although no standard definition exists, synthetic biology is generally understood to be a graft of engineering and biology, and this has led to some confusing and unhelpful metaphors. In this webinar, Dr. Richardson will introduce you to the interdisciplinary world of synthetic biology, busting some of the popular myths about this field—DNA is not a programming language, and cells are not compilers or circuit boards!

Dr. Richardson will also tell you about how synthetic biology differs to recombinant DNA technology, and you will get a solid overview of where and how synthetic biology can be used within research. You will receive tips and resources to help you embark on synthetic biology. The webinar will finish with open questions and future perspectives for this exciting and fast-growing field.