Synthetic biology emerged in the USA and Europe twenty years ago and quickly developed innovative research and technology as a result of continued funding. Synthetic biology is also growing in many developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, where it could have a large economic impact by helping its use of genetic biodiversity in order to boost existing industries. Starting in 2011, Argentine synthetic biology developed along an idiosyncratic path. In 2011-2012, the main focus was not exclusively research but also on community building through teaching and participation in iGEM, following the template of the early
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: PER, ADN and IES are CONICET career researchers. We acknowledge funding from ANPCyT grant PICT 2015–1213 to IES, ANPCyT grant PICT-2015-3834 to ADN and University of Buenos Aires grant UBACYT-2016-20020150100225 to PER. We would like to thank Diego U. Ferreiro, and Fernán Federici for their continuous support and cheerfulness. We also would like to thank Rodrigo González, Lucía Kuschnir, Nicolás Méndez, Hugo Menzella, Federico Prada, Pablo Peralta Roa and Alfonso Soler-Bistué for sharing information about their synthetic biology experiences.