synthetic biology

[ sin-thet-ik bahy-ol-uh-jee ]
/ sɪnˈθɛt ɪk baɪˈɒl ə dʒi /
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the development and application of scientific methods to create or redesign biological organisms and systems using lab-made DNA.Compare genetic engineering (def. 1), CRISPR (def. 2).
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Origin of synthetic biology

First recorded in 1910–15
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How to use synthetic biology in a sentence

  • Dr. Jeff Tabor describes his process using synthetic biology as “kind of like putting together Legos.”

    The Deadliest Art Ever|Jaimie Etkin|May 31, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Hence the study of the physics of diffusion and osmosis is the very basis of synthetic biology.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • This remarkable research should have been the starting-point of synthetic biology.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • The present work contains some of the earliest results of this synthetic biology.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc

British Dictionary definitions for synthetic biology

synthetic biology

the application of computer science techniques to create artificial biological systems
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