Synthetic Biology Basics:
This temporary expert assignment has students researching a topic related to some aspect of biological sciences and then reporting back on various aspects of it. The topic that I was assigned is Synthetic Biology.
What is synthetic biology?
From a very high level, synthetic biology is two things. The first being the understanding of biological processes through their reconstruction instead of dissection/destruction. It is also the process of facilitating biological processes with new functionalities.
Use DNA to write “functional components” that run in cells instead of computers
Basically genetic engineering
Sugar syhthesizes the DNA
Example of this
new proteins introduced to a cell to create bioluminescence functionality.
Things I have found exciting
The comparison between synthetic biology and electrical engineering is very evident.
Digital Logic is heavily used in the creation of the “biological circuits”