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Synthetic Biology: New Insights

Prerna Pandey

349 pages
Arcler Education Inc
Synthetic biology is a discipline that applies science and engineering disciplines together to design and build novel potential biological functions and systems. This includes re-designing already existing biological systems, creating programs to control cells, constructing new biological systems, including an entirely new organism, or parts, and devices to meet specific purposes. Unlike traditional cell-and molecular biology, genomics, and proteomics, this area focuses on the conceptualization, customization and adaptiveness, design and construction of core components like metabolic pathways, biomolecules and devices and larger systems to solve specific problems. While there is an immense potential of synthetic biology, there are several ethical issues, like risks, benefits, and concerns about our relationship to the natural world, as well as about the intrinsic value these synthetic lives and systems have for humans and the environment.This book provides insight into significant developments in synthetic biology, and intends to guide students, scientists, as well as technology aficionados. We also look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Author Bio
Dr Prerna Pandey, a biotechnologist with several years of wet lab research experience, has worked as a senior research fellow at International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. Her field of research in PhD included isolation and molecular characterization of Geminiviruses, genome sequencing, gene annotation, as well as gene silencing using the RNA interference technology. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field and has a submitted a number of annotated Geminiviral genome sequences in the GenBank, including two novel ones. Prerna has also completed her editing and proof-reading courses from SfEP, UK and now works as a freelance scientific editor, writer and a subject matter expert. She has edited and co-authored several books on a range of topics in Life-Sciences. When Prerna is not busy with her assignments, she loves visiting historical places.