1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC)

The 1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC) will be held on 28 and 29 August 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands.
You are warmly invited to join us in this global scientific meeting!

The symposium is free of charge however registration is mandatory for organizational reasons.
Deadline for registration is 15 June 2018

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The Synthetic Cell: a new frontier in science and technology

Can we build a living cell from lifeless components?

...and in doing so, understand how life works?

With this initiative we aim to address one of the grand scientific challenges of this century: building a synthetic cell from its molecular building blocks.
Understanding the mechanisms of cellular life will bring vast intellectual, scientific and technological rewards.

NEW! Researchers build DNA replication in a model synthetic cell

Researchers at the Danelon Lab at TU Delft in cooperation with colleagues at the Autonomous University of Madrid, have created an artificial DNA blueprint for the replication of DNA in a cell-like structure.

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Building a Synthetic Cell

Artist’s impression of a synthetic cell, representing the three basic processes taking place in a living cell: cell fuelling (green), DNA processing (orange/red), and cell division (blue). In the BaSyC programme, we take on the challenge to bring the essential components of a cell together, controlling the complex interactions among them, and constructing a synthetic cell with the basic functionalities of a living cell: self-sustained growth, transmission of information, and division

A "gravitation" grand for BaSyC!

BaSyC has been granted the "gravitation" funding by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in cooperation with NWO.

The rewarding ceremony took place on 8 May 2017 in The Hague in the presence of the then minister Jet Bussemaker.

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Building a synthetic cell is one of the grand scientific and intellectual challenges of the 21st century. While we have extensive knowledge about the molecular building blocks that form the basis of modern life, we currently do not understand how these building blocks collectively operate to define life. With BaSyC we propose to build a synthetic cell from the bottom-up, which arguably is the most fundamental approach towards elucidating the cell’s intricate working and basic life-defining principles. Truly understanding cellular life will bring huge intellectual, scientific, and technological rewards. At the same time, it will raise fascinating philosophical and ethical questions about how society may cope with new opportunities that result from these new fundamental insights.