20.20

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Spring 2008

Instructors: Drew Endy, and Natalie Kuldell

TAs: Lecture: T/R 10-11 (13-3101) Studio: W/F 1-5 (13-3095)

Welcome to 20.20! A project-based introduction to the engineering of synthetic biological systems. Throughout the term, students develop projects that are responsive to real-world problems of their choosing, and whose solutions depend on biological technologies. Lectures, discussions, and exercises will introduce (1) components and control of prokaryotic and eukaryotic behavior, (2) DNA synthesis, standards, and abstraction in biological engineering, (3) issues of human practice, including (a) biological safety, (b) security, (c) ownership, sharing, & innovation, and (d) ethics. Enrollment limited to freshmen.

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