There is a need for (i) building the intellectual and physical infrastructure to rapidly design and assemble synthetic genetic systems composed of hundreds of parts, (ii) re-use and sharing of community tools, and (iii) computer aided design as a core link between synthetic biology design tools and synthesis/verification and debugging. Recently efforts accelerate design-build-test loops by systematizing workflows is leading to faster and better designs and unexpected advances, but how far can we push our ability to realize complexity in synthetic biology? In this session, we will explore efforts to realize complexity in synthetic biology and compare this to biological complexity as it exists in the natural world to serve as inspiration for what we can imagine building.

From BioBricks Foundation SB6.0: The Sixth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology, held July 9-11 in London, UK. The conference ( is the world’s foremost professional meeting in the field of synthetic biology.

Adam Arkin, University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lotte Søgaard-Andersen, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
Jason Chin, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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