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Synthetic Biology and Biomedical Engineering

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Synthetic Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Postby Constantine » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:27 am

First to understand how inept I am in the subject of biology Ill spell it out first by saying I have only a grade 11 Canadian academic biology education. I am a highschool dropout who has recently went back and has found his fire and his calling which is biomedical engineering, synthetic biology and biomimetics. I am quite intelligent maintaining a 90% average and I am now highly motivated for personal reasons and my ambition is limitless along with some newly acquired finances for university. This little introduction here is basically to say forgive my ignorance but allow me to introduce my self and present you with my questions.

I want to do some at home genetic engineering. How would I go about getting "parts" delivered to my house along with the techniques involved with injecting the newly added dna into the cells? My current knowledge is brief and I cannot find much information besides the standards parts registry and the IGEM competition. Suggestions, opinions advice?

Can tissue rejection be solved at the cellular level through genetic engineering and if so how? I realize there are medical coatings and emerging material technologies that can aid in biomedical devices being neutral to the body, but can we make the body more neutral to cheaper and more abundant materials?

Why is cheese so damn expensive and why haven't we genetically engineered bacteria yet to produce milk?

Are there microbes that lower the ph of the environment that they live in? Could these bacteria be used to create batteries or some kind of "biofuelcells"?

Can we engineer bacteria similar to the extremophiles found at deep sea vents but engineer them to use different forms of energy like nuclear or raw electricity?

Can we make bacteria produce plastics?
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Re: Synthetic Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Postby david23 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:32 pm

so before we get into a deeper discussion, do you have like a lab or do you plan going to work in a lab somewhere. Whats your end game here
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