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What Exactly Is Synthetic Biology?

So, apparently scientists are working to synthesize the genome of yeast? Is this, like, the first step toward better bread or something?

Maybe! But in the short term, they’re doing it in the service of synthetic biology more generally. It’s a discipline that brings together the insights and methodologies of computer science; engineering; and, of course, biology. It encompasses genetic engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and molecular chemistry. But, in practice, it involves futzing about with the fundamental building blocks of life itself: reworking DNA—sometimes even writing it from scratch—and other molecular processes to engender new applications. And yes, if you believe…

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