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Biochem J (2023) 480 (2): 127–140.
Published: 23 January 2023
.... The Synthetic Biology field is starting to revolutionize several scientific fields, such as biomedicine and agriculture, propelling the development of new solutions. Expanding the spectrum of available nanodevices in the toolbox is key to unleash its full potential. This review aims to discuss, from...
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Essays Biochem (2021) 65 (5): 791–811.
Published: 02 November 2021
...Kathryn L. Garner In synthetic biology, biological cells and processes are dismantled and reassembled to make novel systems that do useful things. Designs are encoded by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA); DNA makes biological (bio-)parts; bioparts are combined to make devices; devices are built...
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Essays Biochem (2021) 65 (2): 309–318.
Published: 26 July 2021
... base for a microbial cell factory excelling in synthetic biology applications where evolution meets rational engineering. Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 cell factory chassis genome engineering metabolic engineering synthetic biology Correspondence: Suvi Santala ( suvi.santala@tuni.fi...
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Biochem (Lond) (2021) 43 (1): 52.
Published: 27 January 2021
...Pedro Ferreira © Biochemical Society 2021 When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818, she probably did not see synthetic biology coming. Shelley’s unorthodox use of galvanism and vivisection may have become computational biology, protein engineering and genome editing...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2020) 48 (4): 1367–1378.
Published: 06 July 2020
...’ alternative to that of chemical methods, and this approach is about to undergo a renaissance thanks to synthetic biology. Synthetic biology couples molecular genetics with traditional engineering principles, incorporating a modular and standardised practice into the assembly of genetic parts. This has allowed...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2020) 48 (1): 113–122.
Published: 20 February 2020
...Lionel Clarke; Richard Kitney Since the beginning of the 21st Century, synthetic biology has established itself as an effective technological approach to design and engineer biological systems. Whilst research and investment continues to develop the understanding, control and engineering...
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Emerg Top Life Sci (2019) 3 (5): 659–667.
Published: 14 October 2019
...David Tew Through the application of the engineering paradigm of ‘design–build–test–learn’ allied to recent advances in DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and, critically, the falling cost of DNA synthesis, Synthetic Biology promises to make existing therapies more accessible and be at the centre...
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Emerg Top Life Sci (2019) 3 (5): 445–458.
Published: 28 August 2019
... of Biology and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY) . bottom-up synthetic cells macromolecular crowding membrane reconstitution physicochemical homeostasis synthetic biochemistry vesicles Cells are products of billions of years of evolution. The molecular...
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Biochem (Lond) (2019) 41 (3): 24–27.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Lucas M. Bush; Chelsea Gibbs; Tara L. Deans Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the rational design and construction of novel genetic tools for the purpose of engineering cells to behave in controllable and predictable ways. The promise of this modern technology relies...
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Biochem (Lond) (2019) 41 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 June 2019
... but also defining the molecular mechanisms responsible. Now, we can begin to apply the approaches and techniques of synthetic biology. By re-engineering natural systems, we can hope to improve our understanding of how their components function and repurpose them for exciting biotechnological applications...
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Biochem (Lond) (2019) 41 (3): 20–23.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Kalyani Kallam; Yao-Min Cai; Peter Bickerton Synthetic biology applies the principles of engineering to biology, helping us to design, redesign and build novel biological systems. First applied to microorganisms it has enabled the industrialscale production of beneficial, bio-based products...
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Biochem (Lond) (2018) 40 (4): 30–31.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Corinne Hanlon The Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) spent an amazing week interacting with visitors of all ages at the Cheltenham Science Festival from 5–10 June 2018. 30 August 2018 © Biochemical Society Lifelong Learning Synthetic Biology Public Engagement The Warwick...
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Biochem (Lond) (2018) 40 (1): 47.
Published: 01 February 2018
... and act as the Society s point of contact at their institution. If you would like to get involved as an Ambassador, please contact: membership@biochemistry.org. Synthetic Biology UK 27 28 November 2017, University of Manchester, UK Synthetic biology has the capacity to transform the industrial landscape...
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Biochem (Lond) (2018) 40 (1): 20–23.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Michael R. Behrens; Warren C. Ruder 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...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2017) 45 (3): 785–791.
Published: 15 June 2017
...Simon J. Moore; James T. MacDonald; Paul S. Freemont Cell-free transcription–translation is an expanding field in synthetic biology as a rapid prototyping platform for blueprinting the design of synthetic biological devices. Exemplar efforts include translation of prototype designs into medical...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2017) 45 (3): 793–803.
Published: 15 June 2017
...Chris J. Myers; Jacob Beal; Thomas E. Gorochowski; Hiroyuki Kuwahara; Curtis Madsen; James Alastair McLaughlin; Göksel Mısırlı; Tramy Nguyen; Ernst Oberortner; Meher Samineni; Anil Wipat; Michael Zhang; Zach Zundel A synthetic biology workflow is composed of data repositories that provide...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2017) 45 (3): 781–783.
Published: 15 June 2017
...Angel Goñi-Moreno; Anil Wipat; Natalio Krasnogor The Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy (CSBB) brings together a far-reaching multidisciplinary community across all Newcastle University's faculties — Medical Sciences, Science, Agriculture and Engineering, and Humanities, Arts...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2017) 45 (3): 585–597.
Published: 15 June 2017
...-organizing system of incredibly complex biomolecules, a marvelous dynamic that we are still attempting to unravel. Can we use what we have gleaned from biology thus far to illuminate alternative strategies for designer nanomaterial manufacturing? In the present review article, new synthetic biology efforts...
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Essays Biochem (2016) 60 (4): 347–355.
Published: 30 November 2016
...Vitor B. Pinheiro; Phil Macnaghten; Richard Owen; Roland Jackson In this article we provide a short review of the debate on responsible innovation and its intersection with synthetic biology, focusing on initiatives we have witnessed and been involved with in the UK. First, we describe the ways...
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Essays Biochem (2016) 60 (4): 371–379.
Published: 30 November 2016
...Vitor B. Pinheiro; Daniel Gregorowius; Anna Deplazes-Zemp Synthetic biology is an emerging field at the interface between biology and engineering, which has generated many expectations for beneficial biomedical and biotechnological applications. At the same time, however, it has also raised...
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Essays Biochem (2016) 60 (4): 337–346.
Published: 30 November 2016
... desirable functions for bioindustry, such as improved genome stability, increased transformation efficacy and improved production of biomaterials. The minimal genome as a chassis genome for synthetic biology can be used to construct custom-designed genomes for various practical and industrial applications...
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Essays Biochem (2016) 60 (4): 381–391.
Published: 30 November 2016
... biological circuits synthetic biology Artificial intelligence (AI) can be defined as the decision-making capabilities of machines [ 1 ]. Machines are most commonly regarded as designed, multi-part objects that perform predetermined mechanical tasks. To date all commercial machines are constructed...
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Essays Biochem (2016) 60 (4): 325–336.
Published: 30 November 2016
.... Synthetic biology aims to make the engineering of biology easier, offering an opportunity to control natural systems and develop new synthetic systems with useful prescribed behaviours. However, in many cases, it is not understood how individual cells should be programmed to ensure the emergence...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (4): 1151–1157.
Published: 15 August 2016
... the complexity and fundamentals of silk spinning, and presents arguments for establishing this substance as an interesting and important subject at the interface of systems biology (discovery) and synthetic biology (translation). It is argued that silk is a generic class of materials where each type of silk...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (4): 1165–1175.
Published: 15 August 2016
... subset of potential chemistries. A vast amount of knowledge has been accrued through describing and characterizing enzymes, biological processes and organisms. Nevertheless, much remains to be understood about the natural world. One of the goals in Synthetic Biology is to recapitulate biological...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (4): 1158–1164.
Published: 15 August 2016
... science goals for heavy radiation and thermal protection. Biology has the potential to solve these problems because life can replicate and repair itself, and perform a wide variety of chemical reactions including making food, fuel and materials. Synthetic biology enhances and expands life's evolved...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (3): 678–680.
Published: 09 June 2016
...John McCarthy Synthetic biology promises to create high-impact solutions to challenges in the areas of biotechnology, human/animal health, the environment, energy, materials and food security. Equally, synthetic biologists create tools and strategies that have the potential to help us answer...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (3): 689–691.
Published: 09 June 2016
...Kathleen R. Sedgley; Paul R. Race; Derek N. Woolfson BrisSynBio is the Bristol-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre. It is one of six such Centres in the U.K...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (3): 696–701.
Published: 09 June 2016
... prostheses, incorporating living cells into life-support machines). Synthetic biology is aimed mainly at engineering cells so that they can perform custom functions: applying synthetic biological approaches to tissue engineering may be one way of engineering custom structures. In this article, we outline...
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Biochem Soc Trans (2016) 44 (3): 716–722.
Published: 09 June 2016
... species including the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum , although for both species there are bottlenecks to be overcome to allow rapid and predictable genetic manipulation. One approach to do this would be to apply the principles of synthetic biology...
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Biochem (Lond) (2015) 37 (6): 38–39.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Helen Albert 2015 © Biochemical Society 2015 38 December 2015 © Biochemical Society Learning Curve Synthetic biology: hope, hype or hazard? expand the repertoire of chemical reactions available to biology. Applications of these enzymes could include DNA repair and bone regeneration. While...
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Biochem (Lond) (2013) 35 (2): 54–57.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Dek Woolfson On 14 November last year, the Biochemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the think-tank BioCentre and the University of Bristol co-hosted a debate on synthetic biology, which was webcast live. Dek Woolfson co-chaired the event from Bristol. Here are his reflections...
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Biochem (Lond) (2011) 33 (5): 14–18.
Published: 01 October 2011
...Lei Pei; Markus Schmidt; Wei Wei Synthetic biology (SB) is an emerging research field in China with growing interest from the scientific community and (to a much lesser extent) from the public. This interest is not only in the research itself, but also in the societal issues. This article presents...
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Biochem (Lond) (2011) 33 (1): 19–25.
Published: 01 February 2011
...Derek N. Woolfson; Elizabeth H.C. Bromley A new approach in biology is emerging and gathering a broad band of advocates. Synthetic biology aims to improve our abilities to engineer biological molecules, assemblies and systems; to design and develop biomimetic systems; and to apply these to useful...
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Overview of <span class="search-highlight">synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">biology</span>  Technologies underpinning <span class="search-highlight">synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">biology</span> ...
Published: 02 November 2021
Figure 1 Overview of synthetic biology Technologies underpinning synthetic biology (bottom), disciplines using synthetic biology approaches (middle), and areas of application for synthetic biology products. Ongoing research is key to developing novel biological functions that can be exploited or ... More about this image found in Overview of synthetic biology Technologies underpinning synthetic biology ...
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Working process in <span class="search-highlight">synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">biology</span>  Making new <span class="search-highlight">biology</span> typically follows ...
Published: 02 November 2021
Figure 5 Working process in synthetic biology Making new biology typically follows iterative cycles of Design, Build, Test, and Learn. More about this image found in Working process in synthetic biology Making new biology typically follows ...
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The ‘design-build-test-learn’ paradigm for <span class="search-highlight">Synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">Biology</span>.  <span class="search-highlight">Synthetic</span> bi...
Published: 14 October 2019
Figure 1. The ‘design-build-test-learn’ paradigm for Synthetic Biology. Synthetic biology: the application of the ‘design–build–test–learn’ paradigm from engineering disciplines to biological systems. More about this image found in The ‘design-build-test-learn’ paradigm for Synthetic Biology. Synthetic bi...
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An overview of <span class="search-highlight">synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">biology</span> approaches to probiotic engineering  The t...
Published: 16 January 2023
Figure 2 An overview of synthetic biology approaches to probiotic engineering The top-down approach involves identification of essential and non-essential elements and construction of a minimal probiotic chassis by stripping or replacing the genomes of existing probiotics. This approach reduces t... More about this image found in An overview of synthetic biology approaches to probiotic engineering The t...
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Max Jamilly, Co-Founder of Hoxton Farms. DPhil in <span class="search-highlight">synthetic</span> <span class="search-highlight">biology</span>, MPhil ...
Published: 08 February 2022
Max Jamilly, Co-Founder of Hoxton Farms. DPhil in synthetic biology, MPhil in bioscience enterprise: “We make real cell-based animal fat without the animals, for plant-based meat. To me, bioentrepreneurship means building cool things with biology. It means doing important science to solve problems. ... More about this image found in Max Jamilly, Co-Founder of Hoxton Farms. DPhil in synthetic biology, MPhil ...