Dr. Dale Beach and Dr. Consuelo Alvarez Publish Synthetic Biology lab course

The publication titled, “Biology by Design: an Introductory Level, Project-Based, Synthetic Biology Laboratory Program for Undergraduate Students” represents a semester long laboratory project built for our current Genetics course. The paper will appear in the December issue of Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. The project helps students  understand the field of Synthetic Biology, a fascinating new approach to genetic engineering where students can design and construct genetic circuits from simple building blocks.

For an interesting perspective on Synthetic Biology, read “A Life of Its Own: where will synthetic biology lead us?” by Michael Specter, New Yorker, 2009 (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/09/28/a-life-of-its-own).


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