- Biology has the capacity to build intricate material and chemical structures with atomic precision. Living cells and communities can be reprogrammed for applications in sensing, therapeutics, and agriculture. Access to this potential requires many genes that have to be controlled in space and time. However, tools for genetic design, DNA/organism construction, and the ability to “see” the impact of an introduced genetic system on a cell are all at a nascent stage. The vision of the Foundry is to function as a genetic design institute that enables the forward engineering of sophisticated massively multi-part genetic systems.
Platform Technologies for Synthetic Biology:
Knowledge-Base of Design Principles for Synthetic Biology:
SBC e-Newsletter :
The Importance of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR):
Barry R. Masters
(The RCR course presentation by Prof. Barry R. Masters is available here.)
The social process of Science, which is built on trust, is exciting, stimulating, and a source of new knowledge and understanding of the physical world. The scientists’ goals include mentoring students, generating knowledge, and communicating and sharing this knowledge. Scientists are responsible for the promotion, protection, and the advancement of Science. “There is a growing recognition among scientists, government officials, research institutions, and the public that ethical conduct is essential to scientific research. Ethical conduct is important to foster collaboration, cooperation, and trust among scientists, to advance the goals of research, to fulfill scientists’ social responsibilities, and to avoid or minimize damaging scandals resulting from unethical or illegal behavior” (Shamoo and Resnik, Responsible Conduct of Research, second edition, 2009).