Nature Biotechnology focus on synthetic biology

The December 2009 issue of Nature Biotechnology focuses on synthetic biology, in a special feature (subscription) containing news, opinion, comment and research articles on the topic. The focus discusses some of the progress in synthetic biology towards practical applications, as this latest iteration of genetic engineering, although still in its infancy, offers the prospect of the design and construction of new life forms from biological parts, devices and systems. If, however, you aren’t sure exactly what synthetic biology is, Nature Biotechnology asked 20 specialists for their definitions, so you can take your pick. The Editorial that begins the focus asserts 


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