DIY Cells: Understanding Life with a Synthetic Minimal Cell

The cell is a fundamental unit of life that is capable of metabolism, synthesizing biological molecules, harnessing energy, and replicating. To understand how life works, researchers elucidate every detail related to cellular function and determine which processes are essential. With this information, scientists constructed the first synthetic minimal cell that encoded only the genes necessary for life in laboratory conditions.

In this episode, narrated by Niki Spahich, Sejal Davla from The Scientist's Creative Services Team spoke with John Glass, a professor and leader of the synthetic biology and bioenergy group at the J. Craig Venter Institute, about how his team achieved this scientific milestone and its significance in understanding life itself.

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John I. Glass, PhD
Professor and Leader
Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group
J. Craig Venter Institute
Sponsored by IDT

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