NSF Funds First-Ever Bio Design Facility to Develop Standardized Components | GenomeWeb

While researchers have been engineering biology for some 30 years now — developing plasmids and prescription enzymes — the design of new functions in cells to control how they produce proteins and behave is still, for the most part, uncharted territory. In an effort to build the ultimate synthetic biology Erector Set, bioengineers from Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley, are using seed money from the National Science Foundation to characterize thousands of control elements essential for engineering microbes.

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