Special Issue "Synthetic Biology: From Living Computers to Terraformation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
2. Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (USA)
Interests: synthetic evolutionary transitions; liquid–solid brains; biological computation; origins and evolution of cognition; biosphere terraformation
Over the last two decades, synthetic biology has emerged as a novel field with major impact on both basic science and biomedical research. By moving beyond the classical approaches of genetic engineering, synthetic circuits implemented within living cells allow to redesign nature from the molecular and cellular levels to multicellular scales. Because of its potential to change the behavior of living systems, synthetic biology also provides a new avenue to interrogate nature. Synthetic microorganisms have been built to explore cooperation and conflict in microbial interactions as well as the rise of multicellularity. Complex computational tasks have also been created de novo and used to expand the cognitive potential of cellular assemblies. In parallel with all these already promising results, synthetic biology is being considered as a potential path to artificially modify microbiomes and even terraform Mars biosphere.
The objective of the present Special Issue of Life is to bring together original research and reviews on synthetic biology with a special emphasis on its current and future role in understanding the origins of living complexity on multiple scales. The broad scope of this Special Issue encompasses a diverse range of topics, including:
- Computation in living cells and tissues
- Engineering synthetic transitions
- Engineering cognitive innovations
- Synthetic evolutionary ecology
- Synthetic transitions from parasitism to mutualism
- Synthetic microbiomes
- Planetary terraformation
Prof. Dr. Ricard Solé
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- synthetic biology
- evolutionary innovations
- synthetic ecosystems
- biological computation