CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - People at the University of Virginia are learning about another type of biology to help their community.

SynBio at UVA hosted the first mid-Atlantic synthetic biology symposium at the Darden School of Business on Friday, June 7.

Synthetic biology is the integration of several biological practices to help improve things like medicine and agriculture. 

“Biologists ask the question of how do cells and organisms work and interact with each other, and Syn Bio is taking that question and turning it 180 degrees asking how can we get those organisms to work for us for beneficial purposes,” Keith Kozminski, a UVA biology professor, said.

Guest speakers from several universities across the country came to share their knowledge for the one-day event.