Today is the third successful day of the Practicals, rapid one-day classes that cover the essentials of synthetic biology.
The Synthetic Biology Summer Course provides an opportunity to broaden views of what it means to run an experiment. Biological experimentation does not have to be slow to be rewarding. For instance, recent advances in cell-free systems, a classic platform for protein analysis in biochemistry, have enabled rapid testing of gene networks that are composed of regulators and genetic reporters.
Computational models rapidly generate simulations that represent the behavior of a biological system over time. Much in the same way that genes can be deleted or over-expressed to study their roles, specific parameter values in a computational model can be adjusted to determine their impact. Computational models also support cost-effective development of bioengineered cells and systems by quickly identifying components that are most likely to produce a desired function.