Despite living in the age of genomics, Rob Phillips argues that we still haven’t completely cracked the genetic code. Excluding genes, there are many important DNA elements, such as regulatory regions, for which we know little about their function. Deciphering all of the functional elements of the genome will help scientists understand how life is engineered, allowing them to make huge leaps in synthetic biology research.
Rob Phillips is the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology at the California Institute of Technology and co-Director of the Physiology summer course at the Marine Biology Laboratory. His research focuses on elucidating the physical phenomena of a variety of biological processes/systems, such as mechanosensation and gene regulation. He combines physical modeling… Continue Reading