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Synthetic Biology Case Study 1: Development of an arsenic biosensor

Statement of Philosophy

My original training was in BioProcess Engineering. Much of the material focused on designing processes around the activities of living things, such as microorganisms. The biological activities of the microorganisms formed an integral part of the process, but basically we just had to accept the characteristics of the organisms available (barring minor modifications possible through mutation-selection programs, etc.), so the non-biological parts of the process had to be designed around the characteristics of the organisms. Synthetic biology changes all that. Now we can (aspire to) design the characteristics of the organism, the biological component of the process, just as we can design the non-biological parts.

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