Synthetic biology: advancing biological frontiers by building synthetic systems

Genome Biol. 2012 Feb 20;13(2):240. doi: 10.1186/gb-2012-13-2-240.


Advances in synthetic biology are contributing to diverse research areas, from basic biology to biomanufacturing and disease therapy. We discuss the theoretical foundation, applications, and potential of this emerging field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Computers
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genes, Synthetic*
  • Genetic Engineering*
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways / genetics
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy*
  • Synthetic Biology*
  • Systems Biology