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The new research field of synthetic biology is emerging from molecular biology, chemistry, biotechnology, information technology and engineering. This paper describes synthetic biology as a 'Science of the Artificial' and identifies structural features of engineering sciences that can be applied to this new kind of biology as opposed to traditional biology. The search for laws already in traditional biology has been difficult. In Synthetic Biology, action and application stand in the foregrounddoi:10.1017/s1062798713000793 fatcat:mxnehumwizgn5aw2pek2yhrpcy