Synthetic Biology has been defined as “the design and engineering of biologically based parts, novel devices and systems as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems” (UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap).
However, Synthetic Biology means different things depending on who you talk to (Endy, D. (2005). Foundations for engineering biology. Nature, 438(7067), 449-453):
For the uninitiated, the video below gives a good description of the general principles involved:
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