The Usual Suspects 2019: of Chips, Droplets, Synthesis, and Artificial Cells
AbstractSynthetic biology aims to understand fundamental biological processes in more detail than possible for actual living cells. Synthetic biology can combat decomposition and build-up of artificial experimental models under precisely controlled and defined environmental and biochemical conditions. Microfluidic systems can provide the tools to improve and refine existing synthetic systems because they allow control and manipulation of liquids on a micro- and nanoscale. In addition, chip-based approaches are predisposed for synthetic biology applications since they present an opportune technological toolkit capable of fully automated high throughput and content screening under low reagent consumption. This review critically highlights the latest updates in microfluidic cell-free and cell-based protein synthesis as well as the progress on chip-based artificial cells. Even though progress is slow for microfluidic synthetic biology, microfluidic systems are valuable tools for synthetic biology and may one day help to give answers to long asked questions of fundamental cell biology and life itself. View Full-Text
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Eilenberger, C.; Spitz, S.; Bachmann, B.E.M.; Ehmoser, E.K.; Ertl, P.; Rothbauer, M. The Usual Suspects 2019: of Chips, Droplets, Synthesis, and Artificial Cells. Micromachines 2019, 10, 285.
Eilenberger C, Spitz S, Bachmann BEM, Ehmoser EK, Ertl P, Rothbauer M. The Usual Suspects 2019: of Chips, Droplets, Synthesis, and Artificial Cells. Micromachines. 2019; 10(5):285.Chicago/Turabian Style
Eilenberger, Christoph; Spitz, Sarah; Bachmann, Barbara E.M.; Ehmoser, Eva K.; Ertl, Peter; Rothbauer, Mario. 2019. "The Usual Suspects 2019: of Chips, Droplets, Synthesis, and Artificial Cells." Micromachines 10, no. 5: 285.
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