Synthetic Biology

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

Synthetic Biology Produces Green Nanowires

July 18, 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a biological nanowire that could help make nanoelectronics greener. The scientists have genetically designed a...

September 2016 CEP Preview

September 14, 2016
This month, CEP features a Society of Biological Engineering supplement that delves into synthetic biology. The issue also takes a close look at drug-delivery nanoparticles, among...

Technical Entity Trends: Plant Synthetic Biology Takes More Than a Green Thumb

September
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that uses engineering principles to genetically engineer plants, with the goal of producing products or enhancing plant traits. It has the potential to play an important role in improving agricultural...

Pharma Turns to Gut for New Drugs

January 25, 2016
The past few years have been full of stories about how a number of serious conditions could be treated or cured by introducing certain bacteria to the digestive system. Now, a...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - Rewriting DNA Synthesis

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Emily Leproust
Traditional methods of DNA synthesis are slow and costly, and hinder the design-build-test cycle for creating optimal gene sequences and protein variants. This article presents a novel approach that will allow researchers to explore synthetic biology’s full potential.

Catalyzing Commercialization: New Process Makes Spider Silk in Many Forms

August
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The strongest fiber found in nature is a silk made by spiders known as orb weavers. Unfortunately, spiders have two flaws: They are territorial and cannibalistic, making it impossible to farm them like silkworms to produce massive quantities of silk...

Biological Synthesis of Fuels and Chemicals

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2010
Global energy and climate problems have stimulated increased efforts in synthesizing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Compared to the...

Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

March, 2009
The genomic revolution has opened up systematic investigations and engineering designs for various life forms. Systems biology and synthetic biology are emerging as two complementary approaches, which embody the breakthrough in biology and invite application of engineering principles. Systems...

Technical Entity Trends: Growing Research in Plant Technologies

June
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that combines engineering principles with plant biology to develop technologies for bioengineering plants. Plant bioengineers are responsible for the emergence of new technologies related to medical...

CEP: News Update

May
2016
News Update
Building Microstructures, One Particle at a Time As engineers and scientists synthesize ever-smaller structures, one source of building blocks is colloidal particles. Now, a new method enables the creation of colloidal particle structures with...

Making Escherichia coli Grow on Methanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
The quest for using methanol as a substrate to produce useful metabolites such as commodity chemicals, chemical precursors, biopolymers,...

Tools for Engineering Non-Growth Metabolism

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Stationary phase metabolism that is not carbon-limited is ideal for metabolic engineering. Without cell growth, feedstocks can be efficiently...

Stochastic Simulations of the Tetracycline Operon

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 7:00pm
The tetracycline (tet) operon is a robust self-regulated system. It is found naturally in bacteria where it confers resistance to antibiotic...

Success and Prospects in Bioengineering

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 7:00pm
Chemical engineers have always played an important role in the development of biotechnology. From the first efforts to effectively produce penicillin...

The Other Bio: Chemicals and Materials

May
2012
SBE Special Section
Miriam Cortes­ Caminero
Just in case you haven’t noticed, a new wave of biotechnology is underway. Over the last three decades, we have seen biological technologies used in therapeutics and agriculture. More recently, we have seen the use of biotechnology for industrial purposes.
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