Synthetic biology is an emerging interdisciplinary scientific field, which applies engineering principles to biological systems by using the genetic blueprints from biology to systematically design and build new biological devices from biological parts with known functions. This research area has the potential tools to meet some current societal challenges including: energy, environment, food production, and drug development.
In our Citizen Cyberlab project, SynBio4all, we will extend the synthetic biology scientific endeavor to the public by harnessing its potential for identifying key research projects that will then be implemented in a certified research lab, circumventing the risks involved in do-it-yourself (DIY) biology and catalyzing the research in this emerging field. Citizen Cyberlab will advance the state of the art by providing a truly unique opportunity to study, support, and create a platform for participation in hands-on creative learning in advanced experimental science.
Learn - Learn about synthetic biology browse through some interesting synthetic biology projects, and ask us any questions you may have related to the field.
Ideas - Once inspired, turn your synthetic biology idea into a project with us, by logging in and submitting your idea to our forum
Open Science - Our goal is to reduce the barriers to citizen participation in science and have an open science environment, where you direct every stage of the research process including: idea conception, project development, conducting the research, and analysis of the results.
Community members will then have the opportunity to join the research project and develop a research plan and potentially test the hypothesis in our scientific laboratory. The community then votes on the online forum to decide which research projects will be tested in our laboratory. The winning team will join our experienced scientists to conduct the experiments specified in the research plan.Through the SynBio4all Platform the citizen scientists will be able to learn about synthetic biology by directing every stage of the research process. The participants will begin by learning about the basics of synthetic biology. Once inspired, participants will be able to submit their research ideas to our synthetic biology community forum. The research ideas are next shaped into a testable hypothesis with the help of the SynBio4all community.
All results will be posted on the SynBio4all online forum giving the community an opportunity to help analyse and interpret the data. Once the project is completed, the cycle of turning ideas into projects will start again by voting on new projects!
Our goal is to reduce the barriers to citizen participation in science and have an open science environment, where you direct every stage of the research process including: idea conception, project development, conducting the research, and analysis of the results.
This platform is being developed at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), which is a place designed to help creative students and researchers develop their own research projects with the support of mentors, research institutes, and foundations.
The CRI hosts our synthetic biology laboratory (U1001 unit of INSERM) in Paris-Descartes University, and is the home of the award winning Paris iGEM team! We are looking forward to having some of you at the CRI to conduct your synthetic biology research projects!