Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology: the synthesis of complex, biologically based, or inspired, systems which display functions that do not exist in nature. Many scientists believe that this approach will ultimately result in the rational and systematic design of systems that will help us to address the major challenges of the future. Possible applications of synthetic biology could include the creation of systems to generate power, new medical applications, nanoscale biological computers and biosensors for health.

UCL leads the Synbion Network, which aims to explore the full range of what biologically designed elements could achieve in the fields of electronics, optics, optoelectronics and magnetics, and combinations of these fields. The Network members are drawn from UCL, Birkbeck (University of London), University of Manchester and the University of Warwick. Members are exploring the design of novel bio-electronic and bio-optical devices and also how to best manufacture and scale-up such devices. The network brings together biologists (molecular biologists, microbiologists, biophysicists and bioinformaticians), social scientists, physicists, chemists, chemical and biochemical engineers.

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