In 2012, Mark Isalan and myself compiled a list of synthetic biology papers published in PLoS ONE (See The PLOS ONE Synthetic Biology Collection: Six Years and Counting). This impressive corpus of synthetic biology papers was highlighted by PLoS in a journal-specific collection. For various reasons, the decision was made at the time to focus on papers published in PLoS ONE. As synthetic biology is gaining momentum throughout the life-science community, it became time to revisit the issue. With the assistance of the PLoS staff, we have now extended the collection to include papers published in several other journals including PLoS Genetics, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Biology, and others.

In 2012, we also debated the possible inclusion of genome editing as part of the original synthetic biology collection. We eventually decided to leave genome editing papers out of the collection. Synthetic biology is quickly moving toward genome-scale projects. In order to properly reflect this trend it had become necessary to introduce a new “Genome Editing” category of papers in the collection.

Check out the new PLoS Synthetic Biology Collection at www.ploscollections.org/syntheticbiology.