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Record number 423598
Title The ten grand challenges of synthetic life
Author(s) Porcar, M.; Danchin, A.; Lorenzo, V. de; Martins Dos Santos, V.A.P.; Krasnogor, V.; Rasmussen, S.; Moya, A.
Source Systems and synthetic biology 5 (2011)1-2. - ISSN 1872-5325 - p. 1 - 9.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11693-011-9084-5
Department(s) Systems and Synthetic Biology
VLAG
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract The construction of artificial life is one of the main scientific challenges of the Synthetic Biology era. Advances in DNA synthesis and a better understanding of regulatory processes make the goal of constructing the first artificial cell a realistic possibility. This would be both a fundamental scientific milestone and a starting point of a vast range of applications, from biofuel production to drug design. However, several major issues might hamper the objective of achieving an artificial cell. From the bottom-up to the selection-based strategies, this work encompasses the ten grand challenges synthetic biologists will have to be aware of in order to cope with the task of creating life in the lab.
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