Materials have a transformative impact on all aspects of our lives. To maintain and improve the current quality of living, sustainable alternatives to traditional synthesis and manufacturing practices must be found. Advances in biomanufacturing are leading to the production of genetically encoded materials with precisely-defined, structurally modular structures across multiple length scales. Advances in bio-responsive nanomaterials are of growing importance with potential applications including drug delivery, diagnostics and tissue engineering. Each of these, along with BioCouture, suggest an innovative and exciting role for synthetic biology in the synthesis and construction of materials that have been impractical—if not impossible—to produce by other means.
From BioBricks Foundation SB6.0: The Sixth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology, held July 9-11, 2013 at Imperial College, London, UK. The conference (sb6.biobricks.org) is the world’s foremost professional meeting in the field of synthetic biology.
Mike Jewett, Northwestern University
Molly Stevens, Imperial College London
Milan Mrksich, Northwestern University
Suzanne Lee, BioCouture
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