Kit of Parts
Credit: Emily Maletz

Kit of Parts

This is a hands-on activity for Building with Biology, in which visitors explore the engineering aspect of synthetic biology by solving challenges through building a model cell with standardized genetic parts. Many genetic components can be used as part of the solution to multiple problems. Kits of standardized genetic parts—like "BioBricks"—are already being developed for real-world applications.


Learning Goals

  • Synthetic biology develops tools and knowledge to build new living organisms and materials.
  • Synthetic biologists can create and use standardized parts made of genes.
  • Synthetic biology may provide solutions to problems in areas such as food security, healthcare, energy, and the environment.

Last updated: May 23, 2016