Synthetic Biology Handbook

1st Edition

Darren N. Nesbeth

CRC Press
Published April 13, 2016
Reference - 318 Pages - 32 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466568471 - CAT# K16390

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  • Examines the science underlying synthetic biology
  • Highlights ways in which synthetic biology is changing human culture, ethics, and experimental practices
  • Discusses DNA assembly standards and the challenges faced in establishing standardised biological measurement
  • Explains how synthetic biologists are using nature’s legacy systems, such as CRISPR, bacterial and eukaryotic chassis, and emerging tools for synthetic biology in plants
  • Addresses a major issue for synthetic biologists: how to construct entirely new biologies
  • Provides a detailed overview of software tools for in silico biodesign
  • Offers a thorough exploration of semi-synthetic cell and novel genetic code building
  • Showcases contributions from world-class researchers in synthetic biology
  • Includes extensive references at the end of each chapter to enhance further study


The Synthetic Biology Handbook explains the major goals of the field of synthetic biology and presents the technical details of the latest advances made in achieving those goals. Offering a comprehensive overview of the current areas of focus in synthetic biology, this handbook:

  • Explores the standardisation of classic molecular bioscience approaches
  • Addresses the societal context and potential impacts of synthetic biology
  • Discusses the use of legacy systems as tools for new product development
  • Examines the design and construction of de novo cells and genetic codes
  • Describes computational methods for designing genes and gene networks

Thus, the Synthetic Biology Handbook provides an accurate sense of the scope of synthetic biology today. The handbook also affords readers with an opportunity to scrutinize the underlying science and decide for themselves what aspects of synthetic biology are most valuable to their research and practice.


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