The promises of modern biotechnology hinge upon the hope that we can understand microscopic cellular complexity and in doing so create novel function. In this regard, the fields of systems and synthetic biology are important for accelerating both our understanding of biological systems and our ability to quantitatively engineer cells. At the nexus of these two fields is a unique synergy that can help attain these goals. Thus, the next greatest advances in biology and biotechnology are arising at the intersection of the top-down systems approach and the bottom-up synthetic approach. Collectively, these developments enable the precise control of cellular state for systems studies and the discovery of novel parts, control strategies, and interactions for the design of robust synthetic function. This review seeks to highlight this activity as well as provide a perspective for future directions. Combining these efforts can provide novel insights into cellular function and lead to robust, novel synthetic design.
Innovation at the intersection of synthetic and systems biology.: "Publication Date: 2012 Jan 19 PMID: 22265125
Authors: Lanza, A. M. - Crook, N. C. - Alper, H. S.
Journal: Curr Opin Biotechnol