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Genome engineering: writing a better genome

Genome engineering: writing a better genome | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

At first glance, the undergraduate biology curriculum at the Johns Hopkins University doesn't look all that different from other biology programs. All the usual suspects are on the schedule: General Biology and Cell Biology, Virology and Genetics, Immunology and Biochemistry. But down at the bottom of that list is something that you don't see every day — Biology 420: Build-a-Genome.

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iGEM, and the vision for the next generation of synthetic biology researchers

iGEM, and the vision for the next generation of synthetic biology researchers | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
An interview with iGEM President, Randy Rettberg
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‘Rewired’ cells show promise for targeted cancer therapy

‘Rewired’ cells show promise for targeted cancer therapy | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A major challenge in truly targeted cancer therapy is cancer’s suppression of the immune system. Northwestern University synthetic biologists now have developed a general method for “rewiring” immune cells to flip this action around.

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An interview with Randy Rettberg, President and Founder of the iGEM Foundation

Randy Rettberg, Co-founder and President of iGEM, discusses the 2016 iGEM competition. Watch the interview to learn about his vision for the future for the students that participate in iGEM, as well as the future of synthetic biology.

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The Robot Revolution Comes to Synthetic Biology

The Robot Revolution Comes to Synthetic Biology | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Automation allows thousands of possibilities when building weird new organisms

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Human cells with a ‘built-in circuit’ help prevent tumor growth 

Human cells with a ‘built-in circuit’ help prevent tumor growth  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Southampton have engineered cells with a ‘built-in genetic circuit’ that produces a molecule that inhibits the ability of tumors to survive and grow in their low oxygen environment.

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Harnessing bacteria to fight ocean pollution

Harnessing bacteria to fight ocean pollution | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Students’ synthetic biology project claims gold at international competition

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Researchers create synthetic cells to isolate genetic circuits

Researchers create synthetic cells to isolate genetic circuits | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

MIT researchers have demonstrated that synthetic biology circuits can be isolated within individual synthetic cells, preventing unwanted interference from the environment or each other. This could make it easier to design genetic circuits that act as sensors or produce complex drugs or other useful molecules.

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Manchester students win international award for their alcohol patch invention

Manchester students win international award for their alcohol patch invention | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A group of young scientists from The University of Manchester are celebrating, after winning a major international competition for their invention of a cutting-edge alcohol detector.

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Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants

Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Tiny microbial cells can be adapted to carry out specific jobs

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Synthetic Biology Used to Limit Bacterial Growth and Coordinate Drug Release

Synthetic Biology Used to Limit Bacterial Growth and Coordinate Drug Release | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. The findings are published in the July 20 online issue of Nature.

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Is Synthetic Biology a Game-Changing Technology? 

Is Synthetic Biology a Game-Changing Technology?  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
Disruptive Potential Exceeds 3D Printing and Autonomous Vehicles
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Engineered microbes make silver nanoparticles

Engineered microbes make silver nanoparticles | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Repurposed bacterial iron-storing systems provide a greener process for nanoparticle synthesis

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Illuminating the dark corners of nature’s nitrogen cycle by mimicking rocket-fuel-producing bacteria 

Illuminating the dark corners of nature’s nitrogen cycle by mimicking rocket-fuel-producing bacteria  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

In areas known as the ocean’s shadow zones, where oxygen is as its lowest saturation in seawater, certain bacteria have the metabolic ability to form nitrogen gas by combining ammonia and nitrite. These bacteria, known as anaerobic ammonia oxidation (anammox) bacteria, play a critical role in the biosphere’s hugely important nitrogen cycle and the substantial nitrogen losses observed in marine environments.

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ASU puts on impressive performance at iGEM

ASU puts on impressive performance at iGEM | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Contending against the most advanced teams at one of the world’s premier student science contests, ASU’s synthetic biology team put in a sparkling performance.

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The Army’s looking into putting bacteria into its electronics

The Army’s looking into putting bacteria into its electronics | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Army Research Lab scientists are collaborating with biologists.

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adidas Unveils World’s First Performance Shoe Made From Biosteel® Fiber

adidas Unveils World’s First Performance Shoe  Made From Biosteel® Fiber | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric features include being 100% biodegradable through a fully natural process

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Synthetic biology pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere 

Synthetic biology pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
A suite of enzymes borrowed from humans, plants, and other life-forms can turn the greenhouse gas into industrial building block chemicals

 

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iGEM: thinking big, creativity, community-building and great science!

iGEM: thinking big, creativity, community-building and great science! | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

One of the events that mark the synthetic biology calendar every year is the iGEM Giant Jamboree. iGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Since 2004, this event calls for the participation of students in the field of synthetic biology. The aim of the competition is to educate, share and present ambitious scientific projects through teamwork and collaboration.

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Imperial students crowned iGEM Champions

Imperial students crowned iGEM Champions | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

An Imperial team have been crowned winners of the iGEM competition - an international student prize for synthetic biology.

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Students invent plastic-munching bacteria that could save the planet

Students invent plastic-munching bacteria that could save the planet | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Plasticure could make tons of unrecyclable plastic lying in landfills a thing of the past.

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Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis 

Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Scientists from the University of Southampton have reengineered the fundamental process of photosynthesis to power useful chemical reactions that could be used to produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

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Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli

Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

MIT engineers have programmed cells to remember and respond to events. This approach to circuit design enables scientists to create complex cellular state machines and track cell histories.

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‘Green’ Electronic Materials Produced with Synthetic Biology

‘Green’ Electronic Materials Produced with Synthetic Biology | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report in the current issue of Small that they have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids.

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From Plough to Pipette - Tools for Plant Synbio

From Plough to Pipette - Tools for Plant Synbio | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Over 9000 years ago the first domesticated varieties of wheat were created in South West Asia. What was remarkable about these plants is that they were selected by humans to retain their seeds rather than dispersing them by wind. This meant that wheat became dependent on farmers for propagation, but allowed people to harvest grain without the pods shattering in their hands.

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