Adventure Background

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Background story and info. on the origins of the Adventures in Synthetic Biology comic

  1. We (MIT SBWG) had been spending a lot of time thinking about how to hide information and manage complexity in engineered biological systems. One cool set of ideas has developed around engineered genetic devices, and how to send signals between devices using common signal carriers. During this work, I made some abstract depictions of genetic devices. For example, here's a depiction of a genetically encoded inverter:
Abstract depiction of geneticall encoded inverter. Blue arrows are PoPS signals in (left) and out (right) of the device. Green box is RBS. Yellow triangle is repressor ORF. Red box is terminator. Orange circle is operator / promoter site.