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The Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents James J. Collins of Dept. of Biological Engineering, MIT; Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard discussing “Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned" on Nov. 19.

Colloquia are Fridays at 4:10 p.m.



Abstract: Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.  These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to treat infections and a range of complex diseases.


In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biotechnology and biomedicine.

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