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===Week 5: Finding and Improving Parts===
===Week 5: Finding and Improving Parts===
*[[CH391L/S13/Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction | Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction]]
*[[CH391L/S13/MetagenomicBioprospecting | Metagenomic Bioprospecting (old version)]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Metagenomics & Bioprospecting | Metagenomics & Bioprospecting]]
===Week 6: Genetic Engineered Technologies===
*[[CH391L/S13/DirectedProteinEvolution | Directed Protein Evolution]]
*[[CH391L/S13/DirectedProteinEvolution | Directed Protein Evolution]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Ancestral Sequence REconstruction | Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Optogenetics | Optogenetics]]
*[[CH391L/S13/MetagenomicBioprospecting | Metagenomic Bioprospecting]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Riboswitches | Riboswitches]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Metagenomics & Bioprospecting: Part Deux | Metagenomics & Bioprospecting: Part Deux]]
===Week 7: Communication and Containment ===
*[[CH391L/S13/QuorumSensing | Quorum Sensing]]
*[[CH391L/S13/Biocontainment | Biocontainment]]
*[[CH391L/S13/GeneticMarkers | Selectable Genetic Markers]]

Revision as of 10:54, 4 March 2013


CH391L: Synthetic Biology (Spring 2013)

Mondays 2-5 PM MBB 2.204

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Barrick <jbarrick AT cm DOT utexas PERIOD edu>

Course web page: The course web site on will host course handouts, readings, and assignments.

Course Syllabus

Last year's website: CH391L/S12.

Suggest Topics!

2013 iGEM Competition

CH391L Users


The purpose of this course is to become familiar with the techniques, biological parts, accomplishments, problems, and challenges of synthetic biology. For the most part, we will focus on E. coli and yeast. Participants will be expected to individually contribute to OWW pages describing the history, development, and implementation details of engineered parts and organisms from the scientific literature. Then, they will be expected to create a proposal as part of a group with specific experimental and modeling details for using synthetic biology to solve an outstanding problem with technological or societal impact.


Coursework will consist of in-class oral presentations on scientific papers or research proposals and a "written" component consisting of Wiki page edits on OpenWetWare. All participants in the course will be expected to provide feedback concerning the content of presentations and the content of Wiki pages.

Instructions for Wiki Editing

Class Assignments

Grading Rubric for Wiki Pages, Presentations, and Participation

Grading Rubric for Final Project


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Making or finding parts/ethics/DIY Biology

Week 3: DNA Assembly

Week 4: Chassis Engineering and Making Parts

Week 5: Finding and Improving Parts

Week 6: Genetic Engineered Technologies

Week 7: Communication and Containment

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