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International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Molecular Approaches to Global Challenges - The meeting will be held January 13-16, 2013 at the Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Codon optimization tool makes synthetic gene design easy

Codon optimization tool makes synthetic gene design easy | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
Free, online Codon Optimization Tool
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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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Bionic Leaf Makes Fuel from Sunlight, Water and Air

Bionic Leaf Makes Fuel from Sunlight, Water and Air | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A new device that combines chemistry and synthetic biology could prove key to renewable fuels and even chemicals—and combating climate change

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Observing subpopulations within cloned plasmids using NGS analysis

Observing subpopulations within cloned plasmids using NGS analysis | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

IDT is transitioning sequence verification of our Genes products from Sanger sequencing methods to NGS. Read more to find out what the benefits are when using NGS for analysis of cloned genes.

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These Students Are Developing Bacteria That Eats Our Plastic Pollution

These Students Are Developing Bacteria That Eats Our Plastic Pollution | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Feed the hungry bugs an old plastic bottle, and get CO2 and water back and it's from two kids who are still in college.

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Benefits of codon optimization

Benefits of codon optimization | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
Planning to express a gene in an heterologous system? Learn how rebalancing codon usage is important for optimizing protein expression. While there are no known methods to predict protein expression, as numerous factors contribute to ultimate protein yield, codon optimization plays a critical role.
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Synthetic Biology Is … Complex. But This Exhibit Makes It a Blast

Synthetic Biology Is … Complex. But This Exhibit Makes It a Blast | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A new exhibition at San Jose's Tech Museum explores the present and future of synthetic biology.

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Reprogramming gut bacteria as “living therapeutics”

Reprogramming gut bacteria as “living therapeutics” | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Daily doses of synthetic biotics developed by startup Synologic may sense, treat metabolic diseases.

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What’s the Point of Streamlining Nature? 

What’s the Point of Streamlining Nature?  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Nicola Twilley reports on syn3.0, a strain of synthetically engineered bacteria that have the smallest genome of any self-replicating organism.

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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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Synthesis in Space 

Synthesis in Space  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Ever wondered why humans have not colonized Mars, or traveled further into space? We have. It is not because the technology is lacking – in fact, using the technology we have today it might be possible to achieve these aims (Wall 2013). The main limiting factor is the cost. For instance, the Curiosity mission cost 2.8 billion US dollars. During the mission, a rover was sent to Mars to investigate the composition of the soil. The cost of this was not insanely high, but with a budget for space exploration that keeps being cut by governments of developed countries around the globe (Luxton 2016); it is hard to find the money for longer, manned missions in space.

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Boston Startup Raises $100 Million To Use Synthetic Biology To Design Microbes For Industry 

Boston Startup Raises $100 Million To Use Synthetic Biology To Design Microbes For Industry  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston-based startup that says it is the biggest consumer of synthetic DNA on the planet, just nabbed a big payday. The plan: custom-design living cells for companies in the fragrance, flavor and food industries.

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Gene circuits in live cells can perform complex computations

Gene circuits in live cells can perform complex computations | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

MIT researchers have developed a technique to integrate both analogue and digital computation in living cells, allowing them to form gene circuits capable of carrying out complex processing operations.

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Engineering 'tea bacteria' could lead to advanced materials

Engineering 'tea bacteria' could lead to advanced materials | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Scientists and students have developed the DNA tools to modify bacteria normally found in fermented tea so they can customise cellulose production.

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Detecting Zika: A platform for rapid, low-cost diagnostics

In this video, a team of collaborators led by Wyss Core Faculty member James Collins discuss a low-cost, paper-based diagnostic system that they developed for detecting specific strains of the Zika virus, with the goal that it could soon be used in the field to easily screen blood, urine, or saliva samples.

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Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage

Synthetic biology tackles global antivenom shortage | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Lab-made antibodies could produce high-volume, high-quality snakebite treatments.

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How Fungus And Synthetic Biology Could Save Astronauts On Mars

How Fungus And Synthetic Biology Could Save Astronauts On Mars | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Friday's SpaceX launch will carry samples of the Aspergillus nidulans (shown at top left) to the International Space Station. The fungus might help astronauts grow medicines in space.

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Bio coding language makes it easier to hack living cells

Bio coding language makes it easier to hack living cells | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Tinkering with life just got easier. A tool that lets you design DNA circuits using a simple symbolic language makes programming living cells as straightforward as writing code for computers.

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