San Jose, California (PRWEB) November 26, 2013
Follow us on LinkedIn - Synthetic biology as an extension of biotechnology and genetic engineering, is expected to present a new world of opportunities right from designing new biological systems to entirely transforming the way food crops or medicines are developed. Unlike genetic engineering, in synthetic biology, scientists entirely reengineer biological systems by writing a new genetic code on a computer, which is later impregnated into organisms for creating an artificial life form. Though synthetic biology is still in its infancy, the potential for future impact remains significant. The revolutionary idea brings together multiple disciplines such as computer modeling, engineering and biological sciences for creating next-generation biological systems, parts and devices as well as for redesigning existing biological systems for useful applications. Molecular biologists, computer scientists, engineers and chemists are working in collaboration to develop building blocks for creating a new synthetic world, while researchers are exploring the process of gene manipulation as well as reconfiguration of metabolic pathways of cells to perform new functions. Ever since its inception, synthetic biology has played a pioneering role in transforming applications across diverse end-use segments including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy and healthcare. Several of the leading chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, food, forestry and agribusiness companies are investing in synthetic biology research and are increasingly relying on artificial DNA fragments to invent new products.
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