Synthetic Biology

A `wise counsel` for synthetic biology

Researchers develop user-friendly software system to optimize biological systems more

Programming synthetic exosomes to optimize wound healing

Scientists create synthetic exosomes with natural functionalities and present their therapeutic application more

Manufacturing the core engine of cell division

By modelling the kinetochore from scratch, Max Planck Institute’s researchers get a step closer to creating artificial chromosomes more

What termites and cells have in common

A synthetic cell with life-like properties reveals fundamental principles of morphogenesis and perception more

Expanding the boundaries of CO<sub>2</sub> fixation

Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration more

Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Energy for artificial cells

Researchers make the proton pump of the respiratory chain work in an artificial polymer membrane more

Building with DNA

Life on Earth developed from inanimate components. Can we recreate this process in the laboratory, and what tools do we need for this? Using DNA origami, the art of folding at a scale of just a few millionths of a millimetre, we are able to reconstruct individual cellular components. They may be capable of taking over important tasks in our bodies in future. more

Environmentally friendly production of mandelic acid

Scientists found a method for the "green" production of the important starting material for the chemical industry more

“With MaxSynBio we are world class!”

Interview with Tobias Erb about artificial photosynthesis and the research network on synthetic biology more

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Programming synthetic exosomes to optimize wound healing

Scientists create synthetic exosomes with natural functionalities and present their therapeutic application more

Manufacturing the core engine of cell division

By modelling the kinetochore from scratch, Max Planck Institute’s researchers get a step closer to creating artificial chromosomes more

What termites and cells have in common

A synthetic cell with life-like properties reveals fundamental principles of morphogenesis and perception more

Energy for artificial cells

Researchers make the proton pump of the respiratory chain work in an artificial polymer membrane more

Environmentally friendly production of mandelic acid

Scientists found a method for the "green" production of the important starting material for the chemical industry more

“With MaxSynBio we are world class!”

Interview with Tobias Erb about artificial photosynthesis and the research network on synthetic biology more

Plant thylacoids are encapsulated in micro-droplets of approximately 90 micrometers in diameter. Equipped with a set of enzymes, the semi-synthetic chloroplasts fixate Carbon dioxide using solar energy, following nature's example.

Researchers develop an artificial chloroplast more

"Make two out of one" - Division of Artificial Cells

Max Planck scientists uncover a novel and generic mechanism for the division of artificial cells into two daughter cells. more

Reproductive genome from the laboratory

Max Planck researchers have for the first time developed a genome the size of a minimal cell that can copy itself more

Artificial cells react to environmental changes

Dresden researchers equip simple cell system with compartments more

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Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Building with DNA

Life on Earth developed from inanimate components. Can we recreate this process in the laboratory, and what tools do we need for this? Using DNA origami, the art of folding at a scale of just a few millionths of a millimetre, we are able to reconstruct individual cellular components. They may be capable of taking over important tasks in our bodies in future. more

'Viruses can change an entire population in a very short time'

Interview with Guy Reeves on the release of genetically modified organisms into nature more

'A combination of multiple measures to combat infectious diseases'

Interview with Elena Levashina on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes against malaria more

A stable shell for artificial cells

Scientists are developing cell-like lipid vesicles which can be populated with natural cell proteins more

“We are trying to develop CO<sub>2</sub> as a source of carbon”

Tobias Erb discusses a synthetic metabolic pathway that fixes carbon dioxide and synthetic biology more

Using synthetic photosynthesis to combat climate change

A synthetic biological metabolic pathway fixes CO2 more efficiently than plants more

Synthetic Biology: Life, Remixed

The goal of synthetic biology is to produce novel living systems with desirable properties. more

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