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2010-05-20 11:22:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately held company applying synthetic genomic-driven commercial solutions to a variety of global challenges including energy and the environment, applauds the creation of the first synthetic bacterial cell by researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). SGI has provided nearly $30 million in funding for this work since 2005. SGI was founded in 2005 by Drs. J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith, along with...

2010-04-29 07:00:00

CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Scotland will showcase the talent and collaborative spirit that has attracted many of the world's leading pharma and biotech companies to its shores at this year's BIO conference, May 3-6 in Chicago. Heading into the conference, Scottish Enterprise and sector leaders believe Scottish research and the nation's unique integrated industry approach will continue to fuel life sciences growth, particularly in scientific infrastructure, stem cell therapeutics...

2010-02-21 11:09:51

AAAS panel mulls science and public acceptance Some say the world's population will swell to 9 billion people by 2030 and that will present significant challenges for agriculture to provide enough food to meet demand, says University of Idaho animal scientist Rod Hill. Hill and Larry Branen, a University of Idaho food scientist, organized a symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting Sunday to explore ways biotechnology could provide healthy and...

2010-01-25 15:51:58

Researchers in Manchester have successfully carried out the first rewire of genetic switches, creating what could be a vital tool for the development of new drugs and even future gene therapies. A team of scientists from the School of Chemistry and the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB) at The University of Manchester have found a way of hijacking so-called 'riboswitches' and directing gene activity. Working within cells of bacteria, chemical biologist Professor Jason Micklefield...

2010-01-25 15:40:53

With seed money from the National Science Foundation (NSF), bioengineers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University are ramping up efforts to characterize the thousands of control elements critical to the engineering of microbes so that eventually, researchers can mix and match these "DNA parts" in synthetic organisms to produce new drugs, fuels or chemicals. Today, a single designer microbe can take years to create and cost tens of millions of dollars, since each...

2009-12-01 08:57:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- To address the emergence of the synthetic biology industry and to promote its potential, a group of individuals and companies announced the formation of the Synthetic Biology Industry Association (SynBIA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week. The goal of the association is to provide a forum for individuals and commercial interests to discuss the new industry, address its opportunities and its challenges, and advocate for its development. Founding...

2009-10-05 06:10:00

As scientists work toward making genetically altered bacteria create living "circuits" to produce a myriad of useful proteins and chemicals, they have logically assumed that the single-celled organisms would always respond to an external command in the same way. Alas, some bacteria apparently have an individualistic streak that makes them zig when the others zag. A new set of experiments by Duke University bioengineers has uncovered the existence of "bistability," in which an individual cell...

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2009-09-29 14:24:53

Nanotechnology and synthetic biology continue to develop as two of the most exciting areas of scientific discovery, but research has shown that the public is almost completely unaware of the science and its applications. A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 American adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) found that 90 percent of Americans think the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies....

2009-09-28 23:01:00

Landmark poll shows that 9 in 10 Americans want to know more about the development of emerging technologies WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nanotechnology and synthetic biology continue to develop as two of the most exciting areas of scientific discovery, but research has shown that the public is almost completely unaware of the science and its applications. A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 American adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on...

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2009-09-11 09:34:46

NSF-supported researchers use synthetic biology technology to engineer the next generation of biofuels Microbes such as the yeast we commonly use in baking bread and fermenting beer are now being engineered to produce the next generation of biofuels. Jay Keasling, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is leading a team of scientists in an effort to manipulate the chemistry within bacteria so they will produce fuel from sugar. At the Joint BioEnergy...