A Genetic Design Institute

Biology has the capacity to build intricate material and chemical structures with atomic precision. Living cells and communities can be reprogrammed for applications in sensing, therapeutics, and agriculture. Access to this potential requires many genes that have to be controlled in space and time. However, tools for genetic design, DNA/organism construction, and the ability to “see” the impact of an introduced genetic system on a cell are all at a nascent stage. The vision of the Foundry is to function as a genetic design institute that enables the forward engineering of sophisticated massively multi-part genetic systems.