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Title: Challenges and opportunities in synthetic biology for chemical engineers

Synthetic biology provides numerous great opportunities for chemical engineers in the development of new processes for large-scale production of biofuels, value-added chemicals, and protein therapeutics. However, challenges across all scales abound. In particular, the modularization and standardization of the components in a biological system, so-called biological parts, remain the biggest obstacle in synthetic biology. In this perspective, we will discuss the main challenges and opportunities in the rapidly growing synthetic biology field and the important roles that chemical engineers can play in its advancement. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Journal Name: Chemical Engineering Science; Journal Volume: 103
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USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
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United States