6 Answered Questions for the topic synthetic biology

Synthetic Biology Biology Cancer Mutations

07/01/19

Are there known downsides to removing UV mutation hotspots to prevent some skin cancers (Genetic sunblock)?

Khavari et al. recently demonstrated that a significant fraction of one of the major forms of skin cancer (cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas) are associated with a mutated KNSTRN gene (a protein... more
Synthetic Biology Biochemistry Medicine Chirality

06/27/19

Is it possible to synthesize chiral version of an organism (incompatible with our pathogens)?

In theory, it should be possible to synthesize chiral (mirror image) version of some organism: with all molecules replaced with their enantiomers, e.g. L-sugars in place of our D-sugars.Direct... more
Synthetic Biology Biology Cell Biology

06/19/19

Creating a cell, not from another cell. Will it be possible?

If some time in the future, we can know exactly what a cell (for example simple prokaryote bacteria) contains, (I mean, exactly which molecules, the shape of them, the density of each, everything),... more
Synthetic Biology Genetics Terminology

06/18/19

Difference between genetic engineering and synthetic biology?

I've recently seen the term *synthetic biology* being used to describe research involving genetic modification of organisms. What is the difference between *synthetic biology* and *genetic... more
Synthetic Biology Biology Cancer Mutations

05/30/19

Are there known downsides to removing UV mutation hotspots to prevent some skin cancers (Genetic sunblock)?

Khavari et al. recently demonstrated that a significant fraction of one of the major forms of skin cancer (cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas) are associated with a mutated KNSTRN gene (a protein... more
Synthetic Biology Biochemistry Abiogenesis

05/13/19

Can scientists create totally synthetic life?

This particular question has been of a great deal of interest to me, especially since it dives at the heart of abiogenesis.

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