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More complex circuits for synthetic biology lead toward engineered cells

More complex circuits for synthetic biology lead toward engineered cells | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

One possible pathway from current technology to advanced nanotechnology that will comprise atomically precise manufacturing implemented by atomically precise machinery is through adaptation and extension of the complex molecular machine systems evolved by biology.

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2014 iGEM Special Offer

2014 iGEM Special Offer | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Once again, we are excited to partner with iGEM to help participating teams achieve their project goals. 

Teams may take advantage of one of two discounts:

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Spiders and Worms: The All-Organic Way to Mend Bones

Spiders and Worms: The All-Organic Way to Mend Bones | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Broken hip or busted limb? A more seamless, natural path to healing may be in our future - and it starts with spiders.

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Math Modeling Integral to Synthetic Biology Research

Math Modeling Integral to Synthetic Biology Research | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A long-standing challenge in synthetic biology has been to create gene circuits that behave in predictable and robust ways.

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Transgenic trees make easy-chew wood for biofuels

Transgenic trees make easy-chew wood for biofuels | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Modified lignin is easier to break apart, potentially leading to cheaper energy conversion.

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Scientists Synthesize First Functional “Designer” Chromosome in Yeast

Scientists Synthesize First Functional “Designer” Chromosome in Yeast | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, PhD, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels.

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Rewriting the Genome, Harnessing the Power of Synthetic Biology

Rewriting the Genome, Harnessing the Power of Synthetic Biology | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The last decade has witnessed unprecedented growth in the field of Synthetic Biology. A dramatic increase in the ability to synthesize long and complex sequences of double stranded DNA quickly and inexpensively has allowed the construction entire genetic pathways and even complete bacterial genomes. This advance combined with the discovery of new methods to modify genomes using technologies such as TALENS and CRISPR have allowed large scale, rapid modification of organisms, greatly expanding development in fields such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels, crop design, and vaccine development. This talk will explore the development and implementation of these techniques as well as highlight advances in research made possible by these technologies.

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Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel

Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications. With improvements in process efficiency, the biofuel could supplement limited supplies of petroleum-based JP-10, and might also facilitate development of a new generation of more powerful engines.

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Engineers design ‘living materials’

Engineers design ‘living materials’ | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light.

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Bacterial Reporters Get the Scoop

Bacterial Reporters Get the Scoop | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Engineered bacteria pave the way to living diagnostics and therapeutics

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The DNA of materials

The DNA of materials | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Angela Belcher is a materials scientist who makes things with viruses. She is now using them to attack cancer.

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Andrew Hessel: Programming Living Things - The Next Generation Of Computing @ Compute Midwest 2013

Compute Midwest 2013: Andrew Hessel, Genomic Futurist @ Autodesk , Speaks About The Next Generation Of Computing: Programming Living Things. 

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Sweet smell of sustainability: renewable sources for artificial scents

Sweet smell of sustainability: renewable sources for artificial scents | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Fresh banana, a waft of flowers, blueberry: the scents in Shota Atsumi's laboratory in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry are a little sweeter than most. That's because Atsumi and his team are engineering bacteria to make esters — molecules widely used as scents and flavorings, and also as basic feedstock for chemical processes from paints to fuels.

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Meet the Scientist Who is Making Batteries From Viruses

Meet the Scientist Who is Making Batteries From Viruses | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Biological engineer Angela Belcher is genetically modifying viruses to create batteries that can be recharged thousands of times and then decay harmlessly.

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Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp

Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental pollutants.

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Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals

Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Synthetic genetic circuitry created by researchers at Rice University is helping them see, for the first time, how to regulate cell mechanisms that degrade the misfolded proteins implicated in Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other diseases. 

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A Giant Leap for Synthetic Genes

A Giant Leap for Synthetic Genes | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Science magazine has just published the latest tour de force in building genetic machinery from the ground-up since Mycoplasma laboratorium (“Mycoplasma of the laboratory”), dubbed Synthia by some. M. lab, the “synthetic cell,” represented a major milestone in the synthesis of functional DNA, which was announced just four years ago [1]. Craig Venter’s group from the JCVI had reported the complete chemical synthesis of a chromosome that was able to support living, bacterial Mycoplasma genitalium cells.

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SynBioBeta London 2014

SynBioBeta London 2014 | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Dr Adam Clore, Manager of Synthetic Biology Design, Support, and Biosecurity at Integrated DNA Technologies, will participate in the "Gene and Genome Design and Synthesis" session at SynBioBeta on Thursday, April 3 in London.

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It Takes Year-Round Effort to Synthesize a Successful iGEM Team

It Takes Year-Round Effort to Synthesize a Successful iGEM Team | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

In the year they devote to U.Va.’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, Team Virginia members maintain a hectic pace. They have just 12 months to familiarize themselves with the techniques of synthetic biology, identify new and potentially useful qualities they can add to a biological system, and design and produce this new system using standardized genetic building blocks from the iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts or by creating their own.

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Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes

Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids and successfully introduced this resistance into a strain of E. coli bacteria for the production of advanced biofuels. The ionic liquid resistance is based on a pair of genes discovered in a bacterium native to a tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico.

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Synthetic Biologists Break New Ground in Medicine, Energy

Synthetic Biologists Break New Ground in Medicine, Energy | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

With such ambitious goals as helping cure cancer and eradicating pervasive disease, some of the most talented scientists in the country from the emerging field of synthetic biology are breaking new ground at Northwestern University.

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How to Turn Gut Bacteria Into Journalists

How to Turn Gut Bacteria Into Journalists | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The gut is a dark and hidden world. We usually only know what’s happening within it when something goes badly wrong. But there are trillions of microbes in our guts; with their first-hand experience, they’re perfectly positioned to tell us about what’s going on inside ourselves. Pamela Silver from Harvard Medical School is now training them to do that. Her team is transforming gut bacteria into journalists—microscopic reporters who cover the bowel beat.

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Synthetic biology may change everything: Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk

Synthetic biology may change everything: Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

As chief technology officer of Autodesk, Jeff Kowalski, 47, is responsible for shaping the US-based design software maker's long-term technology vision and has a ringside view to some cutting-edge technology in the works, including 4D printing. In a telephonic interview to ET's Jarshad NK, Kowalski talks about the pitfalls of predicting the future, the blurring of lines between the living and material world and why 3D printing, an area in which Autodesk is one of the pioneers, is not likely to replace traditional manufacturing. 

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Researchers write languages to design synthetic living systems useful for new products, health care

Researchers write languages to design synthetic living systems useful for new products, health care | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems.

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Synthetic Biology: The Next Frontier in Chiral Chemistry for API Synthesis

Synthetic Biology: The Next Frontier in Chiral Chemistry for API Synthesis | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The commercial availability of an increasing diversity of enzymes has led to the growing use of biocatalysts for API synthesis

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Rice synthetic biologists shine light on genetic circuit analysis

Rice synthetic biologists shine light on genetic circuit analysis | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
Bioengineers invent ‘light tube array,’ ‘bioscilloscope’ to test, debug genetic circuits



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