A team of researchers at AMOLF and Delft University of Technology have managed to create a synthetic container, or lipid vesicle, that is able to hold a range of different biological systems.
The Christophe Danelon group is devoted to the construction of a synthetic cell using a bottom-up biology approach. Learn more about their work in this film, a film about BaSyC research in Delft.
Cees Dekker (TU Delft) has been awarded the 8th Nano Research Award 'for significant contributions to nanoscience ranging from carbon nanotubes to nanobiology.’
The BaSyC programme: entering a new phase
The first BaSyC Summer school is a fact! Inspiring presentations, lively discussions and fun activities provided a good variety while the BaSyC members were together on Texel.
The group of Christophe Danelon from TU Delft have succeeded in replicating a biological mechanism that is essential for cell division in bacteria in the lab and have published their findings in Nature Communications.
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.
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.
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