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Jun 18, 2014

The Promise and Challenge of Engineering Biology in the United States

Synthetic biology promises to play an important role in the U.S. bioeconomy.

The Promise and Challenge of Engineering Biology in the United States

Advances in the field continue to open up new possibilities in agriculture as well as healthcare, chemicals, materials, energy, and bioremediation. [carlosdelcalle/iStock]

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    Synthetic biology—the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the redesign of natural biological systems for useful purposes—is contributing sustainable ...

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