In the latest episode of Medical Discovery News: Synthetic biology sounds like an oxymoron. One word means artificial while the other means natural. Put together, what those two words really mean is a combination of biology and engineering that will allow scientists to harness biological processes for human use. Imagine genetic engineering and biotechnology on steroids. MDN is hosted by professors David Niesel at UTMB and Norbert Herzog at Quinnipiac University. Learn more at www.medicaldiscoverynews.com. The column also appears in the Galveston County Daily News.