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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...

2010-12-10 00:00:48

Biotechnology company LS9, Inc. today announced the appointment of Edward J. Dineen as Chief Executive Officer and President South San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 8, 2010 Biotechnology company LS9, Inc. today announced the appointment of Edward J. Dineen as Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Dineen will also become a member of the LS9 Board of Directors. He replaces Bill Haywood who has served as CEO of LS9 since September 2008. "We thank Bill for his contributions to the...

2010-12-08 22:23:51

A team of UCSF researchers has engineered E. coli with the key molecular circuitry that will enable genetic engineers to program cells to communicate and perform computations. The work builds into cells the same logic gates found in electronic computers and creates a method to create circuits by "rewiring" communications between cells. This system can be harnessed to turn cells into miniature computers, according to findings that will be reported in an upcoming issue of Nature and appear...

2010-11-10 00:00:42

DNA2.0's Gene Designer Provides the Cornerstone for Program to Help Educators Train the Scientists of Tomorrow Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010 DNA2.0, the leading gene synthesis and protein engineering company, today introduced a suite of life science resources to help educators train the scientists of tomorrow. The cornerstone of this program is the company's free gene sequence design application, Gene Designer. Gene Designer is an ideal teaching tool that is powerful enough to...

2010-09-16 17:34:17

Amid growing concern that synthetic life sciences pose biosecurity and biosafety risks, scrutiny is increasing into the burgeoning DNA sequence trade. Research published today in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, looks at the necessity of a global regulator for DNA trade, and the significant barriers to creating one. Synthetic life sciences are making breakthroughs at a breakneck pace, and could offer technological fixes for our future ecological, technological, and...

2010-09-10 13:15:39

National survey finds support for research but with oversight and greater attention to risks Synthetic biology"”defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems or re-design of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes"”holds enormous potential to improve everything from energy production to medicine, with the global market projected to reach $4.5 billion by 2015. But what does the public know about this emerging field, and what...

2010-09-08 23:00:00

National survey finds support for research but with oversight and greater attention to risks WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Synthetic biology--defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems or re-design of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes--holds enormous potential to improve everything from energy production to medicine, with the global market projected to reach $4.5 billion by 2015. But what does the public know...

2010-06-08 18:59:50

New report compares US and European funding A new analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center found that the U.S. government has spent around $430 million on research related to synthetic biology since 2005, with the Department of Energy funding a majority of the research. By comparison, the analysis indicated that the European Union and three individual European countries "“ the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Germany "“ had spent approximately $160...