Building synthetic cells with DNA (just not how you would expect)

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Scott Lab E100
United States

Seminar Speaker: Lorenzo Di Michele


Synthetic cells are artificial micro devices constructed from the bottom-up to replicate responses typically associated with live biological cells, from environmental sensing, to communication, regulated metabolism, growth and motility. By designing and building these devices we can learn about biological principles, explore possible routes for the origin of life, and lay the foundations for next-generation technological solutions in healthcare and bioprocessing.

In this seminar I will explore the concept of synthetic cell and outline our group’s vision for a platform to engineer them using nucleic acid nanotechnology. I will then discuss highlights of our research, starting from the DNA-based materials that form the scaffolds of synthetic cells (but not only), and moving on to implementations capable of life-like functionality such as dynamic regulation of internal structure, biomolecule synthesis and storage, and communication with biological and synthetic cells.


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