Synthetic Biology: Redesigning life

Synthetic Biology: Redesigning life

Science for all Seasons, Broad Institute, March 30

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Science for all Seasons
March 30, 2016
Auditorium | 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life
Jim Collins

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists, and biologists to construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes, and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms. These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to treat infections and a range of complex diseases. In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biotechnology and biomedicine.

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