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2011-03-21 16:45:52

Rigorous bioinformatic analysis of the strengths, limitations published in Nature Biotechnology A software package designed to minimize the potential risks of synthetic biology for the nation's defense and security is now available to the gene synthesis industry and synthetic biology community in an open-source format. Virginia Tech has licensed GenoTHREAT, a software tool that helps detect the use of synthetic DNA as bioterrorism agents. Developed as an open-source project by a team led by...

2011-02-01 00:37:18

Having trouble with your resolutions list already? Make the switch from cloning to synthesis and give yourself more time and energy to focus on your research. Resolve to work smarter"”saving time and money and getting better results. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2011 Having trouble with your resolutions list already? Make the switch from cloning to synthesis and give yourself more time and energy to focus on your research. Resolve to work smarter"”saving time and money...

2011-01-16 00:23:26

As the New Year comes around, iGem Instruments brings in with it a new tool for the jewelry industry. Through an agreement with Presidium Instruments, one of the most well-known names in the field, iGem Corporation will exclusively offer the Presidium Refractive Index Meter (PRIM). East Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) January 14, 2011 As the New Year comes around, iGem Instruments brings in with it a new tool for the jewelry industry. Through an agreement with Presidium Instruments, one of the most...

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2011-01-06 14:44:47

By Kitta MacPherson, Princeton University In a groundbreaking achievement that could help scientists "build" new biological systems, Princeton University scientists have constructed for the first time artificial proteins that enable the growth of living cells. The team of researchers created genetic sequences never before seen in nature, and the scientists showed that they can produce substances that sustain life in cells almost as readily as proteins produced by nature's own toolkit. "What...

2010-12-22 00:01:33

Series D Round Led by BlackRock with Participation by All Previous Investors South San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2010 LS9, Inc. today announced that it has received $30 million in its latest round of funding. BlackRock, a prestigious, global-reaching firm with over $3 trillion in assets under management, led the investment round. All previous investors also participated in the round, including; Flagship Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and CTTV Investments...

2010-12-17 13:20:18

A mechanical device that operates in the quantum realm tops the journal's list of advances in 2010 Until this year, all human-made objects have moved according to the laws of classical mechanics. Back in March, however, a group of researchers designed a gadget that moves in ways that can only be described by quantum mechanics"”the set of rules that governs the behavior of tiny things like molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles. In recognition of the conceptual ground their experiment...

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2010-12-16 15:05:00

The White House announced on Thursday that the controversial field of synthetic biology poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed. An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seek ways to create new organisms that could spark useful innovations in clean energy, pollution control and medicine. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said in its first report that it "concluded that synthetic biology...

2010-12-16 13:28:12

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its first report"”a wide-ranging review of the emerging field of synthetic biology"”issuing 18 recommendations including a call for coordinated federal oversight of scientists working in both large institutions and smaller settings. The panel, comprised of 13 scientists, ethicists, and public policy experts, said that the very newness of the science, which involves the design and construction of...

2010-12-15 23:01:00

ROCKVILLE, Md. and LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) commends the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Commission) for their extensive work that resulted in their report on the ethical and societal issues raised by synthetic biology and genomics. We believe that the Commission's report is comprehensive and that their recommendations are wise, warranted and restrained which will help to ensure that this...

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2010-12-15 07:39:50

Genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits. Using yeast cells, a group of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has taken a groundbreaking step towards being able to build complex systems in the future where the body's own cells help to keep us healthy. The study was presented recently in an article in the scientific journal Nature. "Even though engineered cells can't do the same job as a real computer, our study...


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