Eukaryotic systems broaden the scope of synthetic biology

Karmella A. Haynes, Pamela A. Silver

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Synthetic biology aims to engineer novel cellular functions by assembling well-characterized molecular parts (i.e., nucleic acids and proteins) into biological "devices" that exhibit predictable behavior. Recently, efforts in eukaryotic synthetic biology have sprung from foundational work in bacteria. Designing synthetic circuits to operate reliably in the context of differentiating and morphologically complex cells presents unique challenges and opportunities for progress in the field. This review surveys recent advances in eukaryotic synthetic biology and describes how synthetic systems can be linked to natural cellular processes in order to manipulate cell behavior and to foster new discoveries in cell biology research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-596
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 30 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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