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.
Qi Lab develops an ultrasound method for precise control in gene regulation and base editing - both in cells and living animals.
Mike Jewett kicks off the new school year by facilitating a community discussion at SB.Talk on synthetic biology for sustainability.
Learn from Jenn Brophy and Drew Endy's EdEquityLab x Stanford's Intro to Bioengineering course. Now available online!
Jewett Lab developed a cell-free method to rapidly discover and characterize functional antibodies in under 24 hours.
Qi Lab reports on 'CLIP' (CRISPR for long-fragment integration via pseudovirus) method for stable expression of large transgenes via the knock-in of an integrate-deficient lentivirus.
Prof. Alice Ting has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Ting is a Professor of Genetics, of Biology and, by courtesy, of Chemistry.
Synthetic Biology for Sustainability Symposium will take place on May 1.
Hosted by the Deans of the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, this symposium will focus on how we might tackle some of the biggest challenges in sustainability using some of the newest innovations in synthetic biology.
Does synthetic biology offer anything new? Watch the non-technical conversation with Drew Endy about advancements in synthetic biology and related economic and governance opportunities with the Hoover Institution.
"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.
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