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2013-04-03 12:57:13

What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new dialogue between members of the synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation communities, say Kent Redford of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Archipelago Consulting; Bill Adams of the University of Cambridge; and Georgina Mace of University College London (UCL) in a new paper published 2 April...

Stanford Researchers Create A Biological Computer
2013-03-31 05:48:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Stanford University have developed a basic computer using genetic material, according to a report in the journal Science. The team said that the tiny biological transistors they have developed could potentially revolutionize medicine in the future. "We're going to be able to put computers into any living cell you want," lead author Drew Endy explained to the San Jose Mercury News. "We're not going to replace the...

2013-03-27 12:23:15

Preeminent Scientist Will Receive Honor at Annual Dinner on Sept. 4, 2013. KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The MRIGlobal Board of Directors and Trustees today announced that it will present its annual Citation Award this year to J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., one of the leading scientists of the 21(st) century. Dr. Venter is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to human,...

2013-03-20 08:30:22

National survey finds three out of four adults have heard little or nothing about the emerging technology WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite advancements in the field of synthetic biology, three out of four adults surveyed in a national poll released today have heard "just a little" or "nothing at all" about the emerging technology, a level of awareness that has changed little since 2010. The national poll of more than 800 U.S. adults conducted by Hart...

2013-03-14 17:21:13

Predictability is often used synonymously with “boring,” as in that story or that outcome was so predictable. For practitioners of synthetic biology seeking to engineer valuable new microbes, however, predictability is the brass ring that must be captured. Researchers with the multi-institutional partnership known as BIOFAB have become the first to grab at least a portion of this ring by unveiling a package of public domain DNA sequences and statistical models that greatly...

2013-02-27 12:27:36

LA JOLLA, Calif. and CORALVILLE, Iowa, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI-DNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), and Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT), the world leader in custom oligonucleotide synthesis, today announced an expanded collaboration to develop, manufacture, and market a broad range of synthetic DNA products. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. SGI also announced the official launch of SGI-DNA, which is responsible for all...

2013-02-04 14:46:46

By reproducing in the laboratory the complex interactions that cause human genes to turn on inside cells, Duke University bioengineers have created a system they believe can benefit gene therapy research and the burgeoning field of synthetic biology. This new approach should help basic scientists as they tease out the effects of "turning on" or "turning off" many different genes, as well as clinicians seeking to develop new gene-based therapies for human disease. "We know that human...

2013-02-01 13:19:16

Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new 'parts' for microscopic biological factories from 2 days to only 6 hours The scientists, from Imperial College London, say their research brings them another step closer to a new kind of industrial revolution, where parts for these biological factories could be mass-produced. These factories have a wealth of applications including better drug delivery treatments for patients, enhancements in...

2012-12-19 08:25:44

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GenScript recently sponsored the Cold Spring Harbor Asia Synthetic Biology Symposium held in Suzhou, China, from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30. This is the second consecutive year that GenScript sponsored the symposium in which scientists from all over the world convened to exchange the latest and most innovative synthetic biology research results. Synthetic biology entails building novel genetic circuits to re-program cells, and has been touted as having...

World Championship For Biotech Startup Won By Students
2012-11-23 13:01:08

University of Alberta A student group from the University of Alberta won first place at an international competition after discovering a way to turn waste paper into valuable chemicals. Nine students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science won the entrepreneurship category of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The students developed plans for a startup biotech company called Upcycled...