The development of synthetic biology will shape the new era of science and technology. It is an emerging bioengineering technique involving genetic engineering which can alter the phenotype and behavior of the cell or the new product. Synthetic biology may produce biomaterials, drugs, vaccines, biosensors, and even a recombinant secondary metabolite used in herbal and complementary medicine, such as artemisinin, a malaria drug which is usually extracted from the plant Artemisia annua. The power of synthetic biology has encouraged scientists in Indonesia, and is still in early development. This paper also covers some research from an Indonesian research institute in synthetic biology such as observing the production of bio surfactants and the enhanced production of artemisinin using a transient expression system. Synthetic biology development in Indonesia may also be related to the iGEM competition, a large synthetic biology research competition which was attended by several universities in Indonesia. The application of synthetic biology for drug discovery will be discussed.
Research Article| May 17 2017
Synthetic biology: Emerging bioengineering in Indonesia
AIP Conf. Proc. 1844, 030001 (2017)
Sony Suhandono; Synthetic biology: Emerging bioengineering in Indonesia. AIP Conf. Proc. 17 May 2017; 1844 (1): 030001. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4983428
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