Engineering life in synthetic systems

David Oriola, Francesca M. Spagnoli*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The second EMBO-EMBL Symposium 'Synthetic Morphogenesis: From Gene Circuits to Tissue Architecture' was held virtually in March 2021, with participants from all over the world joining from the comfort of their sofas to discuss synthetic morphogenesis at large. Leading scientists from a range of disciplines, including developmental biology, physics, chemistry and computer science, covered a gamut of topics from the principles of cell and tissue organization, patterning and gene regulatory networks, to synthetic approaches for exploring evolutionary and developmental biology principles. Here, we describe some of the high points.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdev199497
JournalDevelopment (Cambridge)
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Developmental biology
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Morphogenesis
  • Patterning
  • Synthetic systems


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