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June 19, 2014

Engineering Biology to Address Global Problems

A look at synthetic biology markets, needs, and applications.

Engineering Biology to Address Global Problems

With an expected global market of $10.8 billion by 2016, synthetic biology will play an important role in the bioeconomy. [peterhowell/iStock]

Introduction
Synthetic biology—the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the redesign of natural biological systems for useful purposes—opens the richness of biological diversity to solve pressing, real-world problems for humanity and the planet: precisely targeted, personalized medicines; energy-rich molecules for sustainable fuels and industrial chemicals; remediation ...

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