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What is Synthetic Biology?

What does synthetic mean? What does biology mean? What is synthetic biology? We'll work together to create a solid working definition of life and synthetic biology that we'll use for the rest of the class.

What is DNA?

DNA is the code of life, the software of the cell, the double helix, the genetic material. What does it look like? What is it made out of? How do scientists think about it?

During this class we're going to follow DNA in all its forms, from goopy stuff inside the cell to pure information inside a computer. We'll extract it out of cells, we'll learn about what it's made out of and how scientists splice it and design things out of it, and we'll transform some purified DNA into bacteria to see what it can do. Let's learn more about what DNA is made out of.