oa CSIR Science Scope - Synthetic biology employed to find solutions to South Africa's killer diseases : enabling technologies for health
Fifty years of tremendous progress in molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry has identified many key cellular components and processes common to all life. In parallel, rapid advances in information technology, optics, physics and other enabling technologies have permitted the manipulation and monitoring of biological systems. The combining of the two fields of progress have given birth to synthetic biology, an emerging discipline that exploits advances in our biological knowledge with enabling technologies to construct - from the molecular level upwards - new biological systems and devices.
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