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Imperatively, such components should be completely hazardless for their surrounding by their inability to genetically spread into existing ecosystems. As the natural genetic code for all life on our planet is solely recognized in the form of DNA and RNA polymers, a robust approach is being development of a truly orthogonal nucleic acid which is chemically distinct from DNA and RNA, but which can harbour structural and/or sequence information that is essential for the viability and phenotype of the cell. Obviously, such a “xeno”-nucleic acid (XNA) will be genetically inert, unless it can be accommodated by artificially evolved enzymes and synthesized from its xeno-nucleotide (XN) precursors. The latter, however, are not present in nature and need to be chemically synthesized and explicitly provided to the cell.

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5 rue Henri Desbruères
Genopole Campus 1, Bât. 6

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Phone: +33(0)1 69 47 44 30
Fax: +33(0)1 69 47 44 37


To come, please follow Genopole access indications. On the Genopole campus, iSSB is located at 1st floor of Building 6, placed on your left (if you come by pedestrian entry) or on your right (if your come by vehicle entry).


Longitude: E 2° 27' 4''
Latitude: N 48° 37' 7''



  Based on publications in synthetic biology, an independent study (Nov 2015) found that iSSB ranks 3rd lab in Europe and 9th in the world, despite a comparatively small size.

 BioSynSys 2016, June 27-29, 2016 in Bordeaux, France

"Genome Architecture in Space and Timeat ICTP, June 20-24, 2016, in Trieste, Italy


igem-Evry-2015 The iGEM-Evry 2016 team is launched by mSSB students. To learn about iGEM-Evry teams hosted by iSSB, please visit our iGEM webpage.