Living organisms offer extensive diversity in terms of their phenotypes, metabolic processes, and adaptation to various niches. However, the basic building blocks that create this diversity are remarkably similar. How can we advance our understanding of the fascinating mechanisms that drive biological complexity and how can we harness biological components to build entirely new materials and devices?
A new Virtual Special Issue from ACS Synthetic Biology will focus on this dynamic topic, including contributions that deconstruct as well as build up and mimic biological systems. The resulting work serves both to test our scientific understanding and to extend known biology to develop new concepts and applications. The issue will be led by Associate Editor Michael Jewett with Guest Editors Kate Adamala, Marileen Dogterom, and Neha Kamat.
Relevant topics include:
- Artificial cells / Protocells
- Biomimetic systems and Compartments
- Cell-free transcription-translation
- Minimal & primordial cells
- Synthetic cell engineering
- Synthetic genomes
- Design prototyping
- Bioengineering tools that enable the field
- New materials derived from minimal systems
- Teaching and outreach tools
To submit your manuscript, please visit the ACS Synthetic Biology website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission, and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Synthetic Cells.” All manuscripts will undergo the normal peer review process. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS Synthetic Biology Author Guidelines.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2023. Submit your manuscript now.