About the Synthetic Biology Center
The goal of synthetic biology is to make the construction of novel biological systems into a practical and useful engineering discipline.
The key to that is development of an engineering methodology based on standardized and well-characterized interchangeable parts. Biological systems can be a basis for practical programmable materials, providing an engineering substrate with exquisite control over and response to the chemical world.
The range of potential applications is vast, encompassing but not limited to: diagnostics, therapeutics, sensors, environmental remediation, energy production, and a host of other biomolecular and chemical manufacturing outputs. Synthetic biology can also help us gain valuable insight into fundamental biological principles and improve our quantitative understanding of the living world.
The mission of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT is to develop and advance the engineering discipline for this emerging field. Read more >