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Jump-starting life? Fundamental aspects of synthetic biology

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Schwille,  Petra
Schwille, Petra / Cellular and Molecular Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Schwille, P. (2015). Jump-starting life? Fundamental aspects of synthetic biology. JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY, 210(5), 687-690. doi:10.1083/jcb.201506125.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0028-79E5-1
Abstract
What is life and how could it originate? This question lies at the core of understanding the cell as the smallest living unit. Although we are witnessing a golden era of the life sciences, we are ironically still far from giving a convincing answer to this question. In this short article, I argue why synthetic biology in conjunction with the quantitative sciences may provide us with new concepts and tools to address it.