Synthetic biology is a field of scientific research that applies engineering principles to living organisms and living systems. It is a field that is increasing in scope with respect to organisms engineered, practical outcomes, and systems integration. There is a commercial dimension as well, where living organisms are engineered as green technologies that could offer alternatives to industrial standards in the pharmaceutical and petroleum-based chemical industries. This review attempts to provide an introduction to this field as well as a consideration of important contributions that exemplify how synthetic biology may be commensurate or even disproportionate with the complexity of living systems. The engineerability of living systems remains a difficult task, yet advancements are reported at an ever-increasing pace.

Engineering Life: A Review of Synthetic Biology / Hanczyc, Martin M.. - In: ARTIFICIAL LIFE. - ISSN 1064-5462. - 26:2(2020), pp. 260-273. [10.1162/artl_a_00318]

Engineering Life: A Review of Synthetic Biology

Hanczyc, Martin M.
2020-01-01

Abstract

Synthetic biology is a field of scientific research that applies engineering principles to living organisms and living systems. It is a field that is increasing in scope with respect to organisms engineered, practical outcomes, and systems integration. There is a commercial dimension as well, where living organisms are engineered as green technologies that could offer alternatives to industrial standards in the pharmaceutical and petroleum-based chemical industries. This review attempts to provide an introduction to this field as well as a consideration of important contributions that exemplify how synthetic biology may be commensurate or even disproportionate with the complexity of living systems. The engineerability of living systems remains a difficult task, yet advancements are reported at an ever-increasing pace.
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Hanczyc, Martin M.
Engineering Life: A Review of Synthetic Biology / Hanczyc, Martin M.. - In: ARTIFICIAL LIFE. - ISSN 1064-5462. - 26:2(2020), pp. 260-273. [10.1162/artl_a_00318]
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