Over at Adaptive Complexity, Michael White blogs about what many perceive as a major goal of synthetic biology: that is, establishing a set of standard biochemical parts that can be used to build systems. "I'm skeptical that any single standardized biological device will hold up well under very different cellular contexts, without a lot of trial-and error modifications," he writes.

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