• First yeast cells with a ‘synthetic’ chromosome

    Researchers for the first time grow yeast cells in which a natural chromosome was successively replaced by exchanging the entire natural DNA sequence by chemically synthesized DNA fragments. More
  • Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology

    Synenergene, a four-years project supported by the European Commission, aims to establish an open dialogue concerning the potential benefits and risks of synthetic biology. read more
  • What is YOUR perspective on synthetic biology?

    In our blog section "Perspectives", project partners and registered members of the Synenergene community share their thoughts and ideas on synthetic biology. Register now and write a blog entry! More
  • Watch the documentary on synthetic biology in Europe!

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What is synthetic biology?

  • „Synthetic biology comprises the research necessary to develop a living organism that can be described without reference to an existing organism.”
    E. R. Gold
  • „If you ask five people to define synthetic biology, you will get six answers. I'd say it is the (re-)design, construction and analysis of biological systems or sub-systems.”
    L. J. Prather
  • „Synthetic biology is becoming one of the hottest new fields of biology, with the potential to no less than revolutionize the way we do biotechnology today. ”
    Synbiosafe Project
  • „[Synthetic biology] is turning us into creators of the most basic parts of living nature. It opens up the possibility to augment nature with neo-microbes by an effort of engineering.”
    Joachim Boldt / Oliver Müller
  • „Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology: the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems which display functions that do not exist in nature.”
    EU High-Level Experts Group

An exciting workshop was held in Brussels on the 8-9th of April 2014. It was aimed at sharing knowledge and learning from each other on Synbio related topics.

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The concept of responsible research and innovation ultimately depends on democratic principles, such as inclusiveness and pluralism, participative approaches or transparency in political decisions.

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