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Chemical Cages: new technique advances synthetic biology 

Chemical Cages: new technique advances synthetic biology  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules—the enzymes.

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UW-Madison engineers create custom tuning knobs to turn off any gene

UW-Madison engineers create custom tuning knobs to turn off any gene | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Factory managers can improve productivity by telling workers to speed up, slow down, or stop doing tangential tasks while assembling widgets. Unfortunately for synthetic biologists attempting to produce pharmaceuticals, microbes don’t respond to simple spoken directions like human personnel. Now, however, a new advance by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers allows scientists fine-tune biological functions in their bacterial employees.

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Biologists: Let's sic 'gene drive' on Zika-carrying mosquitoes

Biologists: Let's sic 'gene drive' on Zika-carrying mosquitoes | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Gene drive technology could wipe out the mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus within a few years, some scientists say. But who will fund the work?

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Synthetic biologists aim for better cancer-fighting cells

Synthetic biologists aim for better cancer-fighting cells | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Synthetic biologists have engineered a customized switch into cells, a step toward improving a new cancer therapy that harnesses the immune system.

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Synthetic biologists use bacterial superglue for faster vaccine development

Synthetic biologists use bacterial superglue for faster vaccine development | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

An interdisciplinary team of Oxford University researchers has devised a new technique to speed up the development of novel vaccines.

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How synthetic biology could solve our banana problem

How synthetic biology could solve our banana problem | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The next time you stop by your local supermarket, take a long, hard look at the yellow bananas in the produce section. That’s because bananas might be extinct within just a few years, say Dutch researchers, and that could open the door for synthetic biologists to come up with a new, synthetically modified banana to replace the yellow Cavendish banana we’ve come to know and love.

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The Gene Editing Tsunami 

The Gene Editing Tsunami  | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The gene editing tsunami and the ten synbio highlights of 2015 crowdsourced from the synthetic biology community,

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Controlling Synthetic Bacteria

Controlling Synthetic Bacteria | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

“Kill switches” ensure that genetically engineered bacteria survive only in certain environmental conditions.

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‘Synbio Chic’: A designer’s perspective

‘Synbio Chic’: A designer’s perspective | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Collaborating with designers, who sometimes take a highly conceptual approach, can help scientists to envisage exciting new ideas and applications. A good example of this is the work of Victoria Geaney, a designer who worked with synthetic biology students at Imperial College London to bring together the worlds of Fashion and Science. 

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Move Over, Jony Ive—Biologists Are the Next Rock Star Designers

Move Over, Jony Ive—Biologists Are the Next Rock Star Designers | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Biologists have begun thinking and acting like designers, and they're working with one of the most powerful substrates imaginable: life.

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Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Performance clothes will never be the same

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Tackling environmental waste by engineering microbes to clean up after us

Tackling environmental waste by engineering microbes to clean up after us | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Nikolaus Muldal, microbiology graduate from the University of Sheffield, sheds light on the exciting field of synthetic biology and how it might help us clean up our environment.

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Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products

Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

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Functional nucleic acids as antibody alternatives and for small molecule detection

Functional nucleic acids as antibody alternatives and for small molecule detection | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it
IDT gBlocks® Gene Fragments and oligos facilitate 2015 iGEM Team Heidelberg’s innovations
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Czech Republic iGEM team’s diagnostic for circulating tumor cells

Czech Republic iGEM team’s diagnostic for circulating tumor cells | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

gBlocks® Gene Fragments facilitate IOD Band for detection of tumor migration

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Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With Genetics

Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With Genetics | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

A growing group of plant hackers and synthetic biology startups are trying to make some unusual creations, such as glowing plants, fragrant moss and the sought-after blue rose.

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Traveling Salesman Uncorks Synthetic Biology Bottleneck

Traveling Salesman Uncorks Synthetic Biology Bottleneck | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Researchers have created a computer program that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world. In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent on technology that can quickly and inexpensively read and write DNA to synthesize and manipulate polypeptides and proteins.

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U.S. Navy Recruits Gut Microbes to Fight Obesity and Disease

U.S. Navy Recruits Gut Microbes to Fight Obesity and Disease | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

The military is creating “smart” E. coli to combat a variety of disorders faced by warfighters

 
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“Kill switches” shut down engineered bacteria

“Kill switches” shut down engineered bacteria | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Synthetic biology technique could make it safer to put engineered microbes to work outside of the lab.

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Bringing synthetic biology education to life

Bringing synthetic biology education to life | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Nonprofit provides hands-on experiments to students and teachers worldwide.

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Biohackers push life to the limits with DIY biology

Biohackers push life to the limits with DIY biology | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

For the next generation of hackers, micro organisms have become the new hardware, and DNA strands the new software

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Programmable plants: Synthetic biologists pave way for making genetic circuits

Programmable plants: Synthetic biologists pave way for making genetic circuits | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Scientists are designing gene “circuits,” analogous to electronic parts, that control specific plant characteristics.

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Andrew Hessel: Writing chromosomes with code

Scientist Andrew Hessel explains the exciting possibilities of synthetic biology, including the potential to move from blockbuster drugs to a pipeline of personalized medicines. In so doing, he makes a case for his ambition to “genetically engineer everything in the world.” For more information, visit poptech.org.

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Synthetic biology lures Silicon Valley investors

Synthetic biology lures Silicon Valley investors | Synthetic Biology | Scoop.it

Tech funders warm to start-ups that use microbes in manufacturing.

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