Editorial

Systems and Synthetic Biology

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 173-178

Systems and synthetic biology approaches to cell division

  • Alireza MashaghiAffiliated withDepartment of Bionanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology Email author 
  • , Cees DekkerAffiliated withDepartment of Bionanoscience, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology

Abstract

Cells proliferate by division into similar daughter cells, a process that lies at the heart of cell biology. Extensive research on cell division has led to the identification of the many components and control elements of the molecular machinery underlying cellular division. Here we provide a brief review of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell division and emphasize how new approaches such as systems and synthetic biology can provide valuable new insight.

Keywords

Cell division Systems biology Cellular dynamics Biological networks Synthetic biology Bioengineering Origin of life