Building with Biology: Kit of Parts

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    Building with Biology: Kit of Parts
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    Building with Biology: Kit of Parts

This is a hands-on activity for Building with Biology, in which visitors explore the engineering aspect of synthetic biology by solving challenges through building a model cell with standardized genetic parts. Many genetic components can be used as part of the solution to multiple problems. Kits of standardized genetic parts—like "BioBricks"—are already being developed for real-world applications.



Big Idea

Synthetic biology builds biological systems. Synthetic biology is interconnected with society.

Learning Goals

Synthetic biology develops tools and knowledge to build new living organisms and materials.

Synthetic biologists can create and use standardized parts made of genes.

Synthetic biology may provide solutions to problems in areas such as food security, healthcare, energy, and the environment.


Year created

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Owning institution

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia/The Museum of Science, Boston


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