- TL;DR Summary
- I would like to understand how far the field of research of synthetic biology is from creating life from scratch?
Synthetic biology is a rapidly growing field of science that aims at redesigning organisms for medical and agricultural applications, by means of biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology and other methods by chemical, biological or computer engineering. As far as I understand it, synthetic biology was very successful in genome synthesis and cell transformations. But how far are we realistically from a futuristic technology that will be able, not just of modifying, but also of producing living organisms, or at least a single living cell, by means of its constituents in a bottom-up approach? How much is this a realistic and actual science, and how much is this a hype or sci-fi utopia?