UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology

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What is synthetic biology?

Synthetic biology is defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems, or the re-design of natural parts and systems, for useful purposes. 

There are many useful good sources of information about all aspects of synthetic biology and its potential applications via the following links: 

Reaching out to you! 

Our scientists attend many local festivals and events to help explain what we do and why. You can find us at local science festivals, during our 'Doors Open' days on the King's Buildings campus, and with local schools. 

Here are some examples of what we do: 

  • We created a card game to explore the many uses of synthetic biology and to explain how research is funded.  
  • We have worked with the SAW Trust to help use art to educate and inspire children about science.
  • We created a Master Biobuilder drop-in stand to explain the principles of synthetic biology to children of all ages. It has had several outings now! 
  • We also run 'Build a Bug' workshops, which explores the many different ways we can engineer biology to create a more sustainable future for our planet. 
  • Today we are working on a book of short stories to explore how synthetic biology might influence our future. 
  • Coming soon is a series of PodCasts by our scientists, explaining a little more about their research. 

You can find out more about some of these events and activities below. 


The Synthetic Biology Podcast

Listen to short accessible interviews with some of our pioneering researchers

Reaching out to you!

Some of the events and activities we have been involved with