Latest Synthetic biology Stories

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...

2013-02-04 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...

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...

“Bio-bots” Making Tracks In Synthetic Biology
2012-11-15 19:37:10

University of Illinois They´re soft, biocompatible, about 7 millimeters long — and, incredibly, able to walk by themselves. Miniature “bio-bots” developed at the University of Illinois are making tracks in synthetic biology. Designing non-electronic biological machines has been a riddle that scientists at the interface of biology and engineering have struggled to solve. The walking bio-bots demonstrate the Illinois team´s ability to forward-engineer...

Bielefeld Students In The Top ‘Sweet Sixteen’ In Boston
2012-11-07 12:31:06

Bielefeld University Bielefeld students on a par with teams from international elite universities Months of painstaking work in the laboratory at Bielefeld University℠s Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) have paid off: the 15 students participating in this year´s ℠international Genetically Engineered Machine competition´ (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have good reason to celebrate. The goal of their project was to develop a biological...

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