Synthetic biology is a rapidly developing and interdisciplinary field. Bringing together knowledge from biochemistry and biology, chemistry and physics, engineering and computer science, synthetic biology aims to redesign – or ultimately create – biological entities and their inner workings, opening the door to new technologies and applications. As any field or tool that has the potential to tweak life, even if only in microscopic form, and result in significant societal impact, synthetic biology raises a wealth of ethical and practical questions that need to be tackled with open dialogue.
Minimalist Biology is a hands-on Art & Science activity designed to engage individuals with synthetic biology, its bases and applications, while fostering a conversation on this new field and its potential impacts on society.
To discover more about synthetic biology, why not take a look at the selection of content from across the Biochemical Society and Portland Press, collected together here.