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==Engineering biology==
==Engineering biology==
*Discussion leader: Brandon Freshcorn [[CHE.496/2008/Schedule/Engineering biology| (Discussion guide)]]
*Discussion leader: Brandon Freshcorn [[CHE.496/2008/Schedule/Engineering biology| (Discussion guide)]]
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===Kevin Hershey's Response===
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*''A partnership between biology and engineering''
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**The commentary by Roger Brent discusses the advantages of synthetic biologists with systems biologists. This is a logical progression for synthetic biologists, as synthetic biology is based on the individual parts. Just as synthetic biology combines different disciplines to be successful, so must it be a discipline in the larger sense of biological understanding. With the fusion of these two methodologies, computer scientists, biologists, electrical engineers, mathematicians, etc. can work towards a complete understanding of genetically modified bacteria. This combination of efforts will contribute to a better understanding of systems, and better predictive methods.
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*''Fast, cheap and somewhat in control''
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**Another commentary, Arkin and Fletcher discuss the different problems and advantages to engineering systems. They begin by showing that biology is able to be engineered, a point already proven by the many practicing synthetic biologists. One of the largest points they make is that the cell is in a dynamic environment. The cells themselves undergo evolutionary change, and the environments around them change. They then finish by saying that while this is a promising field, it is still new, and it is difficult to scale the work like other engineering disciplines.
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*'''[[User:KPHershey|KPHershey]] 14:50, 19 February 2008 (EST)'''
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Engineering biology


Kevin Hershey's Response

  • A partnership between biology and engineering
    • The commentary by Roger Brent discusses the advantages of synthetic biologists with systems biologists. This is a logical progression for synthetic biologists, as synthetic biology is based on the individual parts. Just as synthetic biology combines different disciplines to be successful, so must it be a discipline in the larger sense of biological understanding. With the fusion of these two methodologies, computer scientists, biologists, electrical engineers, mathematicians, etc. can work towards a complete understanding of genetically modified bacteria. This combination of efforts will contribute to a better understanding of systems, and better predictive methods.
  • Fast, cheap and somewhat in control
    • Another commentary, Arkin and Fletcher discuss the different problems and advantages to engineering systems. They begin by showing that biology is able to be engineered, a point already proven by the many practicing synthetic biologists. One of the largest points they make is that the cell is in a dynamic environment. The cells themselves undergo evolutionary change, and the environments around them change. They then finish by saying that while this is a promising field, it is still new, and it is difficult to scale the work like other engineering disciplines.
  • KPHershey 14:50, 19 February 2008 (EST)

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