Introduction to Synthetic Biology : Fall 2012
- BioE 423/523, CSE 486/586, EE 423/523
- Instructor: Prof. Eric Klavins
- Office Hours: Tu, Th 8:30AM - 10:20AM, CSE 236
- Office hours on 11/13 are 10am - noon.
- Office Hours: Tu, Th 8:30AM - 10:20AM, CSE 236
- Teaching Assistant: Kevin Oishi
- Office Hours: Mo, Fr, 10:00AM - 11:20AM, Sieg 128
- MWF 11:30-12:20
- Grading (Undergrads): Homework : 30%, Midterm : 30%, Final : 30%, Project : 10%
- Grading (Grads): Homework : 30%, Midterm : 25%, Final : 25%, Project : 10%, Review : 10%
- Homework policies: The lowest homework grade will be dropped. Extra credit will be recorded and used subjectively when determining letter grades. Homework must be turned in on time. Late homeworks are not accepted except for prearranged travel or unexpected illness.
- DNA Science, A First Course has a great history in it.
- Biology is Technology covers the economics of the coming biotechnological age.
- Carslon, The changing economics of DNA synthesis, Nature, 2009.
2 Synthetic Biology Overviews
- Special Issue of Science on Synthetic Biology: Read the introduction, news, reviews and perspectives sections.
- Five hard truths: http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100120/pdf/463288a.pdf
- Adventures in Synthetic Biology
- Andrianantoandro, Basu, Karig and Ron Weiss, Synthetic biology: new engineering rules for an emerging discipline. Molecular Systems Biology 2, 2006.
- Arkin and Fletcher, Fast, Cheap and Somewhat in Control. Genome Biology 7(8), 114, 2006.
- Basu, Karig and Weiss, Synthetic biology: new engineering rules for an emerging discipline. Molecular Systems Biology 2, 2006.
- Caleb J. Bashor, Andrew A. Horwitz, Sergio G. Peisajovich, and Wendell A. Lim, Rewiring cells: synthetic biology as a tool to interrogate the organizational principles of living systems. Annual Review of Biophysics 39, 515-537 (2010).
- Guillaume, Mutalik, and Arkin, Toward rational design of bacterial genomes. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 2011.
3 Biology Reviews
- A good text on biochemistry is essential. We like Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Fourth Edition, 2004.
- A Youtube video on transcription and translation.
- The Inner Life of the Cell
- Transcribe and translate a gene -- interactive! (somewhat misleading in the translation step, as the code seems not complimented like it should be).
- Lots of other online tutorials are available. Try googling "Gene Expression Tutorial". For example, this one.
- Raser and O'Shea, Noise in Gene Expression: Origins, Consequences, and Control, Science 2005.
- McAdams and Arkin. Stochastic mechanisms in gene expression, PNAS, 1997.
4 Chemical Kinetics
- Feinberg's Notes. Read the first two chapters.
- S.S. Jang, K.T. Oishi, R.G. Egbert, and E. Klavins, Specification and simulation of multicelled behaviors, ACS Synthetic Biology, Vol. 1, No. 8, pp. 365--374. 2012.
- E.W. Dijkstra, Guarded Commands, Nondeterminacy and Formal Derivation of Programs, CACM, 1975.
- PRISM is a stochastic guarded command language like gro, except super formal and accompanied by a model-checker.
7 Gene Regulation
- Cox, Surrette, and Ellowitz describe engineered promoters.
- Isaacs, Swyer, and Collins discuss engineered riboregulators in RNA synthetic biology.
- Bayer and Smolke build riboregulators with RNA aptamers and ribozymes in Eukaryotes.
8 Gene Regulation
- A more recent paper on identifying gene networks based on expression patterns using boolean networks.
9 Synthetic Gene Networks
- A genetic toggle switch in E. coli
- rewritable digital storage in living cells
- transciptional oscillator in E. coli
- Another toggle switch/oscillator in E. coli
- A tunable oscillator in mammalian cells;
- Induced cellular differentiation.
- Yokobayashi, Weiss, and Arnold perform directed evolution on a genetic circuit
- Egbert and Klavins fine-tune genetic circuits using simple sequence repeats.
- Lou, Stanton, Chen, Munsky, and Voigt suggest a method for buffering synthetic circuits from genetic context.
- Bonnie Bassler's TED Talk on quorum sensing .
- You, Cox, Weiss and Arnold, Programmed population control by cell–cell communication and regulated killing, Nature, 2004.
- Basu, Gerchman, Collins, Arnold and Weiss, A synthetic multicellular system for programmed pattern formation. Nature 434, 1130-1134, 2005.
11 Pattern Formation
- Howard Gutowitz, Cellular Automata, 1991.
- Stephen Wolfram, A New Kind of Science, 2002.
- Daniel Yamins, Radhika Nagpal, Automated Global-to-Local Programming in 1-D Spatial Multi-Agent Systems, AAMAS, 2008.
- Elowitz, Levine, Siggia, and Swain. Stochastic Gene Expression in a Single Cell, Science, 2006.
- Swain, Elowitz, Siggia. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Contributions to Stochasticity in Gene Expression, PNAS, 2002.
- Raj and van Oudenaarden, Single-molecule approaches to stochastic gene expression, Annual Review of Biophysics, 2009.
- Thattai and van Oudenaarden, Intrinsic noise in gene regulatory networks. PNAS, 2001.
- Lestas, Vinnecombe, and Paullson, Fundamental limits on the suppression of molecular fluctuations, Nature, 2010.
14 Modeling Noise
- Go look up all the definitions in today's lecture on Wikipedia or Planet Math.
- Feller, An Introduction to Probability Theory and its Applications. This is simply the best book out there on probability.
- Wilkinsen, Stochastic Modelling for Systems Biology. This is a good book for how probability is used in biology. Also covers the basic definitions.
15 Noise in Gene Expression
- Klavins, 2009 Course Notes on Stochasticity, 2009.
- Ozbudak, Thattai, Kurtser, Grossman and van Oudenaarden, Regulation of noise in the expression of a single gene, Nature Genetics 2002.
16 Ethics, Biosafety, Biowarfare
- American experience material on biowarfare: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/weapon-timeline/
- Video on polio reconstruction: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hfElVabRh2Y&vq=medium#t=31.
- The CDC's biosafety guidlines: http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/index.htm
- Presidential commission on synthetic biology: http://www.bioethics.gov/documents/synthetic-biology/PCSBI-Synthetic-Biology-Report-12.16.10.pdf
- Library proxy information: http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/connect.html
- Last Year's Wiki
- Assignment Dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/koishi/23996
- Class GoPost: https://catalyst.uw.edu/gopost/board/koishi/30230/