Enabling flourishing futures in partnership with life
What is synthetic biology?
Synthetic Biology (SB) explores new forms of engagement with life and living systems. From molecular to ecological, cultural to political, SB is about understanding life's fundamental mysteries and translating knowledge to imagine a biotic civilization that flourishes in partnership with Earth.
The Stanford Synthetic Biology community enables interdisciplinary activities, supporting an ecosystem of research and learning. Our holistic approach encompasses diverse areas of work, each exploring fundamental questions and possibilities with the ultimate desire of addressing societal needs.
All together now!
Stewart Brand, Stanford Class of 1960 (Biology), wrote,
"I propose six significant levels of pace and size in the working structure of a robust and adaptable civilization. [...] In a healthy society each level is allowed to operate at its own pace, safely sustained by the slower levels below and kept invigorated by the livelier levels above." (Long Now)
With pace-layer thinking in mind we are exploring and advancing synthetic biology (SB) among and across all aspects of civilization, inclusive of but not limited to biotechnology and bioeconomy. We also note that intrinsic to pace layers thinking is a bias towards the human, a concept we suspect may evolve along with SB. Thus, we have adopted a coupled-rings visual metaphor, in place of layers, for now.
Sattely Lab discovered 22 enzymes for the biosynthesis of limonoids in Citrus and Melia.
Prof. Mike Jewett joins Stanford Bioengineering as their newest faculty member.
Gao Lab develops new tool -- programmable RNA sensing using ADAR editing in living cells.
Biden Administration issued an Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.
Sergiu Pasca explains how to reverse engineer the human brain by growing organoids.
Dr. Alice Cheng of Fischbach Lab & colleagues make human microbiome from scatch.
The Bintu lab takes a synthetic approach to understand and program chromatin-mediated gene silencing & activation.
Brophy et al. pioneer synthetic genetic circuits in plant roots.
Townshend, Kaplan, & Smolke report over 200 new RNA biosensors to potential drug molecules.
Endy & McKelvey reflect on synthetic biology's potential impacts for democracy and national security, hosted by Los Alamos National Lab. and moderated in part by Stanford's Prof. Hank Greely.
"What is synthetic biology and what is its potential? These stories explain." Megan Palmer's WEF Council partners with Faber Futures to explore and elaborate on inclusive futures.
Preparing for and preventing future pandemics. Two new grants provide key resources
"Building a Bottom-Up Bioeconomy," Stanford's Dr. Megan Palmer and colleagues make the case by reimagining industrialization.
Making With Mushrooms! 17 years later the second-ever issue of Adventures in Synthetic Biology begins to emerge.
"Mother Nature, Bioweapons, & Lab Accidents: Guarding Against the Next Global Biological Catastrophe," Stanford's Freeman Spogli's CISAC welcomes Dr. Jaime Yassif of NTI. March 2022
Prof. Pasca explores how to understand the mysteries of the human mind by growing neural circuits from scratch.
Prof. Skylar-Scott & team explain what must be made real to ultimately print working hearts from scratch.
"Who wouldn't want to ride on a Wooly Mammoth?," Stanford undergraduates explore dystopian and utopian futures that might arise via resurrecting extinct species. March 2022
Prof. Ting's team pioneers LuCID, a genetically-encoded tool for realtime measurement of calcium dynamics in live cells, including neurons and immune cells.
Prof. Steinmetz and colleagues pioneer synthetic genomics for understanding the fundamental rules of genome architecture.
The New Yorker explores if what biology needs right now is more synthesis. Prof. Zia chimes in.
Prof. Brophy & Dinneny pioneer living Boolean logic in plants for climate resilience.
Gao lab pioneers the engineering of protein circuits that let cells talk to each other.
Novozymes recognizes Adjunct Prof. Smolke & team with 100,000 DKK prize for sustainable medicines.
How can American strengthen its bioeconomy? Adjunct Prof. Palmer and colleagues chart the path.
Can we engineer crops to withstand climate change? Prof. Brophy makes the case.
NY Times explores what's happening and might be possible via synthetic biology. E.g., it's personal!
Megan Palmer, co-chair of World Economic Forum Council on Synthetic Biology, and team release report on synthetic biology.
Prashanth in the Smolke lab pioneers brewing of tropane alkaloids from scratch.