Check out this interesting article from The-Scientists (http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33358/title/Genomics-101/). A new class at John Hopkins University: Biology 420, aka Build-a-Genome. The future is here!
The class description is interesting: “In this combination lecture/laboratory “Synthetic Biology” course, students will learn how to make DNA building blocks used in an international project to build the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic genome, Saccharomyces cerevisiae v. 2.0. Please study the wiki www.syntheticyeast.org for more details about the project. Following a biotechnology boot-camp, students will have 24/7 access to computational and wet-lab resources and will be expected to spend 15-20 hours per week on this course. Advanced students will be expected to contribute to the computational and biotech infrastructure.”
We definitely agree with this paragraph from the article: