Special issue of Science on synthetic biology

HFSP alumni, Petra Schwille and Michael Elowitz have contributed articles to the special issue of Science Magazine on the frontier field of synthetic biology.

Petra Schwille from the Technical University, Dresden, Germany, asks if the systematic construction of biological systems is at all possible and explores the different motivations that inspire scientists from different disciplines to explore the potential for both basic research into and technological exploitation of biological systems: Bottom-Up Synthetic Biology: Engineering in a Tinkerer’s World

Michael Elowitz, the 2011 recipient of the HFSP Nakasone Award, explores how investigations of the interactions between natural and synthetic genetic circuits can lead to insights into the function of such circuits in living systems: Synthetic Biology: Integrated Gene Circuits