BEST 211: Synthetic Biology
The field of synthetic biology is quickly emerging as potentially one of the most important and profound ways by which we can understand and manipulate our physical world for desired purposes. While synthetic biology builds upon existing areas, such as genetic engineering, systems biology, and non-biological fields such as computer science, it is becoming evident that synthetic biology represents its own new engineering discipline. At the heart of synthetic biology is the aim to make the engineering of new biological functions predictable, safe, and quick and to aid in creating biological applications of benefit to society. Relevant topics in cellular and molecular biology and biophysics, dynamical and engineering systems, and design and operation of natural and synthetic circuits are covered in a concise manner that than allows the students to begin to design new biology-based systems.
Open only to major(s): Applied Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Bio Eng and Sm Scale Tech, Quantitative and Systems Biology, Environmental Systems, Elec Eng and Computer Sci. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.
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