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MaxSynBio: Avenues towards creating cells from the bottom up

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Spatz,  Joachim P.
Cellular Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Max Planck Society;

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Mutschler,  Hannes
Department of Biomolecular Mechanisms, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Max Planck Society;

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Schwille, P., Spatz, J. P., Landfester, K., Bodenschatz, E., Herminghaus, S., Sourjik, V., et al. (2018). MaxSynBio: Avenues towards creating cells from the bottom up. Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English, 57(41), 13382-13392. doi:10.1002/anie.201802288.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-E5D3-D
Abstract
A large German research consortium mainly within the Max Planck Society (“MaxSynBio”) was formed to investigate living systems from a fundamental perspective. The research program of MaxSynBio relies solely on the bottom‐up approach to synthetic biology. MaxSynBio focuses on the detailed analysis and understanding of essential processes of life through modular reconstitution in minimal synthetic systems. The ultimate goal is to construct a basic living unit entirely from non‐living components. The fundamental insights gained from the activities in MaxSynBio could eventually be utilized for establishing a new generation of biotechnological processes, which would be based on synthetic cell constructs that replace the natural cells currently used in conventional biotechnology.