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Stepping Stones to Synthetic Biology

Authors: Carrà, Sergio

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  • Contextualizes and describes progress toward the creation of an artificial cell and the control of life processes
  • Examines the design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome
  • Explores the use of microbial organisms as ‘factories’ for the bioconversion of renewable resources to fuels or high-value chemicals
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This book explores fascinating topics at the edge of life, guiding the reader all the way from the relation of life processes to the second law of thermodynamics and the abundance of complex organic compounds in the universe through to the latest advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. The background to the book is the extraordinary scientific adventures that are being undertaken as progress is made toward the creation of an artificial cell and the control of life processes. This journey involves input from research areas as diverse as genetic engineering, physical chemistry, and information theory. Life is to be thought of not only as a chemical event but also as an information process, with the genome a repository of information gathered over time through evolution. Knowledge of the mechanisms affecting the increase in complexity associated with evolutionary paths is improving, and there appear to be analogies with the evolution of the technologies promoting the development of our society. The book will be of wide interest to students at all levels and to others with an interest in the subject.

About the authors

Sergio Carrà is Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. He has taught at various universities in Italy, as well as at the Theoretical Chemistry Institute of the University of Wisconsin and the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Academia Europaea. Sergio Carrà won the Antonio Feltrinelli award in 1991, the Mario Giacomo Levi medal in 1997, and the Bonino medal and medal of Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) in 1999. He has received honorary degrees from Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand (in Physics, 2001) and the University of Genova (in Chemical Engineering, 2015). His research interests include molecular thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, catalysis, simulation of chemical processes, and the modeling of advanced material synthesis, and he has co-authored about 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Sergio Carrà has held important positions in cultural and scientific institutions such as CNR, INFM, and SCI and has acted as a consultant for various companies.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Devils, Ratchets and Biomolecular Motors

    Carrà, Sergio

    Pages 1-17

  • Entropy and Information

    Carrà, Sergio

    Pages 19-35

  • A Computer Called the Universe

    Carrà, Sergio

    Pages 37-54

  • Biomolecules, Networks and Bioenergetics: System Approach to Biology

    Carrà, Sergio

    Pages 55-82

  • Making Sense of Life

    Carrà, Sergio

    Pages 83-97

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95459-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95458-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stepping Stones to Synthetic Biology
Authors
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95459-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95459-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95458-5
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 212
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
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