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Stepping Stones to Synthetic Biology

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This book explores fascinating topics at the edge of life, guiding the reader all the way from the relation of life processes to the second law of thermodynamics and the abundance of complex organic compounds in the universe through to the latest advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. The background to the book is the extraordinary scientific adventures that are being undertaken as progress is made toward the creation of an artificial cell and the control of life processes. This journey involves input from research areas as diverse as genetic engineering, physical chemistry, and information theory. Life is to be thought of not only as a chemical event but also as an information process, with the genome a repository of information gathered over time through evolution. Knowledge of the mechanisms affecting the increase in complexity associated with evolutionary paths is improving, and there appear to be analogies with the evolution of the technologies promoting the development of our society. The book will be of wide interest to students at all levels and to others with an interest in the subject.

Contextualizes and describes progress toward the creation of an artificial cell and the control of life processes

Examines the design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome

Explores the use of microbial organisms as 'factories' for the bioconversion of renewable resources to fuels or high-value chemicals

Sergio Carrà is Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering Giulio Natta, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. He has taught at various universities in Italy, as well as at the Theoretical Chemistry Institute of the University of Wisconsin and the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Academia Europaea. Sergio Carrà won the Antonio Feltrinelli award in 1991, the Mario Giacomo Levi medal in 1997, and the Bonino medal and medal of Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) in 1999. He has received honorary degrees from Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand (in Physics, 2001) and the University of Genova (in Chemical Engineering, 2015). His research interests include molecular thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, catalysis, simulation of chemical processes, and the modeling of advanced material synthesis, and he has co-authored about 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Sergio Carrà has held important positions in cultural and scientific institutions such as CNR, INFM, and SCI and has acted as a consultant for various companies.

1 Devils, ratchets and molecular motors.- 2 Energy, entropy and information.- 3 A computer called Universe.- 4 Biomolecules and bioenergetics.- 5 What is life?.- 6 Information and complexity: a metaphor of natural systems and engineering.- 7 The path of evolution in nature and in technology. Digital evolution platform.- 8 Imitation of life: the cell in a silicon chip.- 9 Verum est factum: synthetic biology.- 10 Metabolic engineering: towards the post-oil era?.


Titel: Stepping Stones to Synthetic Biology
EAN: 9783319954585
ISBN: 978-3-319-95458-5
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Biologie
Anzahl Seiten: 212
Gewicht: 492g
Größe: H19mm x B243mm x T159mm
Jahr: 2018
Auflage: 1st ed. 2018

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