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Published April 2014 | Accepted Version
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Realizing the potential of synthetic biology


Synthetic biology, despite still being in its infancy, is increasingly providing valuable information for applications in the clinic, the biotechnology industry and in basic molecular research. Both its unique potential and the challenges it presents have brought together the expertise of an eclectic group of scientists, from cell biologists to engineers. In this Viewpoint article, five experts discuss their views on the future of synthetic biology, on its main achievements in basic and applied science, and on the bioethical issues that are associated with the design of new biological systems.

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© 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Published online 12 March 2014. G.M.C. is supported by grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE), US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), US National Science Foundation (NSF) and Personal Genome Project (PGP). C.D.S. is supported by funds from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), NSF, DARPA, Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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