In a guest post at Scientific American's Lab Rat blog, iGEM-UANL team member Miguel Angel Loera Sánchez discusses what he calls the "mainstream fronts of synthetic biology." These five fronts — DNA synthesis, biological parts standardization, genetic code expansion, synthetic genetic circuits, and metabolic engineering — have helped synthetic biology become "

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