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A novel area of research at the intersection of biology and engineering, synthetic biology includes design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.
To develop new methods for combating diseases such as cancer and problems associated with aging and sleep disorders, SRI conducts collaborative research in synthetic biology, symbolic systems biology, computational biology, and bioinformatics. We advance scientific understanding of biological systems to accelerate drug discovery and development.
We also seek to understand how the pathways of cell biology can be modeled with the same tools used to model computer circuits, and create logic machines by integrating components into higher-order genetic networks using mathematical modeling.