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Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering focused on the design and construction of new biological entities such as enzymes, genetic circuits, cells or whole organisms. It is a rapidly emerging field where biology is considered as a technology. With SynBio, life can be reworked by biotechnologists, computer scientists and nanotechnologists. SynBio.info exists to help you get involved in the next digital revolution, where the software is DNA, and the hardware is alive. 

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In Synthetic Biology, molecular biologists team up with software coders, mechanical engineers designers to reengineer cells. 
This evolving industry will might become the one that solves almost all upcoming problems humanity faces. 

 

#1 Learn the Language of Biology


Understanding the language biologists speak - With this Chrome Browser Extension all the funky words will be highlighted and one click away you find the definition and videos explaining it.

 

#2 Understand Genetics and How to Engineer Cells

Basics of Genetics

Genetics is an enormous field formed of many specialities, and can be confusing to the newcomer, but it is perhaps best to think of it as a descriptive engineering discipline concerned with how organisms create the information systems that define how they execute the process of life itself.

To appreciate the importance of genetics, you will first need to know about the central dogma of biology: DNA codes for RNA which is translated into proteins, which are the biological 'machines' at work in cells.

Engineering Biology

Synthetic Biology combines the sciences of genetics, molecular biology, mechanical engineering, general and biological informatics, design and philosophy. It is crucial that we all speak the same language, but in order to do so we have to learn the vocabulary. This entire section is about explaining the different aspects of those sciences and guide you from the general into the specific.

 

#3 Get Excited by What People Build with SynBio

Health & Medicine

The Health and Medicine Sector is now about to learn the fundamentals of live be truly understanding the genetic code that causes diseases or malfunctions. Also, the constantly falling prices of DNA reading will enable a personalized medicine where a doctor - with the support of big data - will be able to tailor the medical procurement by e.g. predict if a certain drug will cause the desired response.

Industry & Chemicals

Industrial use of Synthetic Biology will produce new means for synthesizing existing or completely new chemicals. One day, there might be no more need for huge chemical facilities, instead bio reactors containing tailor made synthetic cells will be capable of producing the end product in one step.

Food & Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture market has already benefiting from Biotech inventions over the last 30 years. Today, 85% of all crops on the fields are already genetically optimized. However, the standardization and modularization of Synthetic Biology will allow far more advances in this market than ever before.

Health & Medicine

Synthetic Biology will not only disrupt existing markets but create plenty of completely new markets. Being able to recombine modules from the programming language of life, we will for sure come up with new use cases that didn't exist yet. Just think of the new markets that computers and the internet have brought us.

 

#4 Get Involved

Get a Job

Ready to jump into the Industry? Even if not yet, join our Facebook Group and stay posted on the lastest job offerings.

Become an author

You should know about this industry and learning by doing is simply the best way to do so. So start doing your research and write down what you find in our collective brain, synbio.info. Add pages and edit where ever you can contribute or correct. 

 

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View full profile Jérôme Lutz from Berlin & Munich, Germany

I like to share the great things I discover daily while researching and working in the field of Synthetic Biology.

When I talk to people about it, they often refer to Science Fiction. However, when I send them links to this wiki and they read through those pages, they start understanding that this is real and it's happening right now.

View full profile Edward Perello from London

Edward Perello is the founder of Desktop Genetics, a company at the forefront of CRISPR genome editing technology. His team is working to provide researchers with access to state of the art genome engineering capabilities from their computers and create an AI that can predict optimal genome editing solutions in any organism.

Edward is a SynBio LEAP fellow working to get more non-biologists into the field.

https://www.deskgen.com/

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