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Synthetic Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Jamie A. Davies

July 2018

ISBN: 9780198803492

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The fast growing field of synthetic biology, which involves the novel design or redesign of living matter, has opened a vista of technological opportunities, from drug manufacture to producing biofuels. Jamie Davies considers the possibilities and controversies surrounding this exciting new science.

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The fast growing field of synthetic biology, which involves the novel design or redesign of living matter, has opened a vista of technological opportunities, from drug manufacture to producing biofuels. Jamie Davies considers the possibilities and controversies surrounding this exciting new science.

  • Introduces the exciting new and rapidly growing field of synthetic biology
  • Discusses some of its applications, such as tackling pollution and developing new drugs
  • Explores the possibility of creating new life from non-living starting materials
  • Considers the risks and core ethical implications of synthetic biology
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jamie A. Davies, Professor of Experimental Anatomy, University of Edinburgh

Jamie Davies joined the faculty of Edinburgh University Medical School in 1995 and was awarded Personal Chair in 2007. His research focuses on how the body builds itself, and how we might use that knowledge to build custom tissues. For the last 10 years, his lab has been pioneering the use of synthetic biology to make self-constructing tissues. He is the author of 7 books, including Life Unfolding (OUP, 2014), and has presented his work to the public in lectures, workshops, and BBC radio programmes.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: Biology: from analysis to synthesis
    2: How synthetic biology is done
    3: Synthetic biology and the environment
    4: Synthetic biology and healthcare
    5: Synthetic biology for engineering
    6: Synthetic biology for basic research
    7: Creating life
    8: Cultural impact
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"A stimulating exposition of the intriguing and exciting field of synthetic biology. The coverage is both broad and well-balanced. An excellent book, accessible to all." - Professor Huabing Yin, Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow