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Online SynBio Resources

Introductory Resources

101 - Synthetic Biology Project 

Collection of introductory resources and broader links from the Woodrow Wilson Centre.


Technical Courses

EMBO Synthetic Biology Course

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)/iBiology synthetic biology course is a series of talks about synthetic biology. It covers general principles, technical challenges, current research, and ethical issues in synthetic biology research. This course is based on the EMBO Synthetic Biology in Action Course, which was held at the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany over two weeks in June 2015. In addition to the faculty lectures, there are five videos created by the graduate student and post-doc course participants where they describe and demonstrate the lab portion of the course. 

Our Energy Future

A Coursera MOOC from UC San Diego is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century including synthetic biology in the context of biofuels. This course is 10 weeks and will consist of video lessons (10-15 minutes each) and integrated quizzes to test your knowledge as you go through the course.

Systems and Synthetic Biology: How the Cell Solves Problems

Resources from MIT OCW derived from an Advanced Undergraduate Seminar offered by the Biology Department. Course materials are from 2010.


Bioethics and Policy Courses

Engineering Life: Synbio, Bioethics & Public Policy

A Coursera MOOC from John Hopkins University. The objective of this course is to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of ethical and policy/governance issues that arise in the design, conduct and application of synthetic biology. This 6-week course will consist of short (8-12 minute) topical modules that will be a combination of lecture, video content, recorded group discussions and interviews.