March 17, 2016
(Nature News) – This young field has already spawned some success stories, but making and putting together genetic parts currently involves substantial guesswork and unpredictability. For the field to advance, academics and industrial players must agree on a toolbox of reliable genetic parts and the best strategies for assembling them. To build an artificial product, synthetic biologists begin by selecting DNA parts on a computer and manufacturing them with specialized instruments. The parts can then be inserted into the DNA of microorganisms and cells to reprogram them.
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