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Synthetic Biology can been defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems (that may not exist in the natural world) or the redesign and fabrication of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes. Its goal is to learn how to engineer and build self-organizing systems that recapitulate biological functions and show new functions with industrial applications in environment, health care, and energy.
The Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology (iSSB) is a mixed research unit of the University of Évry-Val-d'Essonne and CNRS, also granted by Genopole® and affiliated to U. Paris-Saclay. iSSB is structured into 4 research teams. Systems Biology integrates experimental, theoretical, and computational studies to model living systems. In this area, the MEGA team develops models and experimental methods for studying the structure, architecture, and expression of genomes. Xenome, Synth-Bio and Bio-RetroSynth teams use Systems Biology models to design, build, and test new biological circuits and devices using Synthetic Biology principles.
iSSB has started up the first Master 2 in Systems and Synthetic Biology in France (mSSB, evaluated A+ by AERES the national evaluation agency). The key features of our Master and PhD educational projects are multidisciplinarity, international recruitment of students, seminar series given by international speakers, internships offered by foreign laboratories, encouraged participation of students to the annual Synthetic Biology competition iGEM.
iSSB has created and hosts a Synthetic Biology platform - abSYNTH - to provide automated tools for design, construction and characterization of synthetic biological systems. abSYNTH comprises a biological resource center, automated biology and microfluidics facilities, an intensive computing service and an informatics platform based on novel in-house softwares.
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