Synthetic biology is a relatively new research field that employs synthetic recombinant DNA technologies to engineer capabilities for addressing a wide variety of scientific and societal problems. We highlight a few noteworthy projects and achievements spanning the field of synthetic biology. In particular, some of the ways synthetic biological tools have been used to create novel biomaterials. Biological systems, like cells or larger organisms, can be made not only to synthesize new biomaterials but also to act as biomaterial constituents themselves, imbuing the materials with useful biological properties like the ability to respond dynamically to environmental cues. Looking into the future, there are many promising research directions synthetic biologists can take to develop tomorrow's biomaterials.

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