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The second decade of synthetic biology: 2010–2020

Synthetic biology is among the most hyped research topics this century, and in 2010 it entered its teenage years. But rather than these being a problematic time, we’ve seen synthetic biology blossom and deliver many new technologies and landmark achievements.

The second decade of synthetic biology: 2010–2020

In 2020 synthetic biology turned 20 years old. It’s first decade saw some impressive research papers, lots of visionary thinking and unprecedented excitement, but its second decade - from 2010 to 2020 - was when the hype really needed to be replaced by some real achievements. So how has it done?

Source: Meng, F., Ellis, T. The second decade of synthetic biology: 2010–2020. Nat Commun 11, 5174 (2020).


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