Cambridge BioDesign TechEvent 2012

Tuesday 25th September

Synthetic Biology: A new 'Age of Wonder'?

Synthetic Biology approaches are catalysing a paradigm shift in genetic manipulation and the engineering of biology. Liberated by rapid, reliable methods for DNA synthesis and assembly, researchers are now able to routinely build synthetic circuits well beyond the scale and complexity of the single gene insertions that characterise the genetically engineered systems of the last forty years. Established design principles, facile assembly from standardised parts and predictable performance have long been the defining features of modern engineering and represent the core goals of Synthetic Biology. Of these, rational and reliable design remains the most challenging problem faced by the synthetic biologist.

On Tuesday 25th September, the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences plays host to the first Cambridge BioDesign TechEvent. The TechEvent will bring together researchers from around Cambridge, the UK and beyond, strengthening existing relationships and building new ones, while focusing in detail on research and development in the field of Synthetic Biology. The day provides a platform for experts in the field to present the latest developments in bioengineering, providing insight into the cutting edge technologies set to define the 21st Century.

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If the dominant science in the new ‘Age of Wonder’ is biology, then the dominant art form should be the design of genomes to create new varieties of animals and plants. This art form, using the new biotechnology creatively to enhance the ancient skills of plant and animal breeders, is still struggling to be born. It must struggle against cultural barriers as well as technical difficulties, against the myth of Frankenstein as well as the reality of genetic defects and deformities. If this dream comes true, and the new art form emerges triumphant, then a new generation of artists, writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, might create an abundance of new flowers and fruit and trees and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet.
Freeman Dyson - When Science & Poetry Were Friends