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==Biological machines==
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*Discussion leader: George McArthur [[CHE.496/2008/Schedule/Biological machines| (Discussion guide)]]
*Discussion leader: George McArthur [[CHE.496/2008/Schedule/Biological machines| (Discussion guide)]]
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===Kevin Hershey's Response===
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*''Designing Biological Systems''
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**This powerpoint presentation by Pamela Silver of Harvard medical school discusses systems biology, which is different from the definition used in Che 496 thus far. In the powerpoint, she discusses the idea of standardizing biology and making it modular. The powerpoint goes on to say that systems biology can try to understand organisms, things we don't know, and why things work a certain way. She then goes on to discuss inelegant design, and points out the example of the vestigial thumb.
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*''Biology by design: reduction and synthesis of cellular components and behaviour.''
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**I was unable to load this document unto my computer. From the abstract, this article discusses the emergence of synthetic biology from the question, "how can I apply that knowledge to generate novel functions in different biological systems or in other contexts?" This is very prevalent in the iGEM participants, who use genetic parts from many organisms, standardize them, and combine them to create novel functions. While I was unable to download this document, I feel that the question it poses in the beginning is very relevant to the study of synthetic biology.
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*'''[[User:KPHershey|KPHershey]] 00:46, 20 February 2008 (EST)'''
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Biological machines


Kevin Hershey's Response

  • Designing Biological Systems
    • This powerpoint presentation by Pamela Silver of Harvard medical school discusses systems biology, which is different from the definition used in Che 496 thus far. In the powerpoint, she discusses the idea of standardizing biology and making it modular. The powerpoint goes on to say that systems biology can try to understand organisms, things we don't know, and why things work a certain way. She then goes on to discuss inelegant design, and points out the example of the vestigial thumb.
  • Biology by design: reduction and synthesis of cellular components and behaviour.
    • I was unable to load this document unto my computer. From the abstract, this article discusses the emergence of synthetic biology from the question, "how can I apply that knowledge to generate novel functions in different biological systems or in other contexts?" This is very prevalent in the iGEM participants, who use genetic parts from many organisms, standardize them, and combine them to create novel functions. While I was unable to download this document, I feel that the question it poses in the beginning is very relevant to the study of synthetic biology.
  • KPHershey 00:46, 20 February 2008 (EST)

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