For definitions of what synthetic biology is, you can try out these two links: www.syntheticbiology.org, or www.synberc.org. There are not a lot of decent videos on YouTube on this subject, but this is one of the slickest and is not too long…
It seems that you cannot discuss synthetic biology without mentioning Lego.
Where does You Do Bio come into this? Well, I am lucky to be able to represent the world’s best oligo manufacturer, IDT (www.idtdna.com) in Denmark and Sweden. IDT have taken oligo synthesis to new limits of quality and fidelity, meaning that they are able to manufacture very long pieces of DNA, accurately and quickly. Long DNA of the correct sequence can code for a gene and… you know the rest.
IDT has two major product lines in the area of gene synthesis:
1. gBlocks Gene Fragments. A truly revolutionary approach to making genes, gBlocks are lengths of double-stranded DNA of up to 500 bases in length. If necessary, these can be assembled into longer fragments/genes, mixed and match with other gBlocks (if you are into protein domain switching), or simply used for shorter genes. The added bonus over traditional gene synthesis products is speed of delivery (6 business days) and cost: EUR 89/DKK 662/ SEK 787 per gBlock.
2. Custom Gene Synthesis. Get full length genes delivered in a cloning vector, ready to use.