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“Since the dawn of civilization, humans have been builders and engineers, constructing houses from bricks, machines from metals and now genomes from nucleotides.” (Wang 2010)

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Clyde A. Hutchison III, Ph.D.

Clyde A. Hutchison III, Ph.D. (Photo by Karen Tam)

  • Dr. Hutchison, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, at UNC was a lead researcher on the team at the J. Craig Venter Institute that synthetically produced the myocoplasma mycoides cell (Gibson et al. 2010).

North Carolina: A World Leader in Biotechnology (September 20, 2010)
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  • The field of synthetic biology merits further study because of its promising potential to: make new microbes to fight cancer, and create microbes to clean up oil spills (Hsu 2010a).
  • These issues are highly relevant to the UNC community, which has dedicated significant resources to cancer research and is always seeking to implement new energy saving practices.
  • However, the field is also relevant academically. The study of synthetic biology is in its infancy, and thus it offers early adopters the unique opportunity to become pioneers in the field.
  • At UNC we are always seeking to be research leaders in academia.
  • The funding of synthetic biology research and programs is crucial for UNC to maintain its high degree of excellence in the field of biotechnology.

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