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Biosystems Design: Report from the July 2011 Workshop

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To explore the current state-of-the-art in the field of biosystems design, discuss new biodesign technologies and approaches, and identify key scientific challenges and knowledge gaps, the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research organized the Biosystems Design Workshop in July 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland. This report represents the discussions and findings of the workshop, the goal of which was to bring together scientific leaders in microbiology, plant biology, metabolic engineering, systems biology, bioinformatics, computational modeling, and other relevant disciplines to examine fundamental aspects of biosystems design from molecules to organisms to communities. The focus was on the fundamental biological principles that must be harnessed to make biological design possible as well as the tools and computer-aided testbeds needed to design, prototype, and functionally validate multiscale natural and hybrid biological systems.

Publication date: March 2012

Suggested citation: U.S. DOE 2012. Biosystems Design Report from the July 2011 Workshop, DOE/SC-0141, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. (

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