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CHE.496: Biological Systems Design Seminar

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Course Overview

This site is under development and this course is just a proposal at this point in time.

This course aims to introduce the methodologies of systems biology and the engineering principles of synthetic biology to science and engineering undergraduate students in order to equip them with the tools necessary to design and build a functional biological system and, in doing so, program novel cellular function and behavior to solve engineering problems and test biological hypotheses.

Synthetic biology applies engineering principles such as standardization, modularity, abstraction and decoupling to biology, transforming it into a truly engineer-able science. Complex, novel biological systems are engineered to solve industrial, medical and environmental engineering problems such as the bioremediation of toxic waste, the microbial production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, and the biosynthesis of hydrogen or butanol as an alternative fuel source.


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