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Craig Venter's plan to email vaccines around the world

Craig Venter's plan to email vaccines around the world | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Craig Venter, the über-DNA jockey who quietly sequenced the human genome using his own DNA, then made "synthetic life" by outfitting a gutted bacterium with homemade genes, says his next trick will be emailing biological molecules, using 3D biological printers. The move that could revolutionise healthcare - and biological warfare.

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Meet Adam Clore, IDT’s Synthetic Biology Veteran

Meet Adam Clore, IDT’s Synthetic Biology Veteran | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

SynBioBeta was delighted to sit down and speak with IDT’s Technical Director of Synthetic Biology, Adam Clore, to learn more details about his background, IDT and the future for tools and technology.

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Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out 

Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Evolution settled on a genetic code that uses four letters to name 20 amino acids. Synthetic biologists adding new bases to DNA will be free to improve on nature — if they can.

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Humanitarian Diagnostics Startup Helispot Takes Home First-Ever IDT Synthetic Biology Grant Award

Humanitarian Diagnostics Startup Helispot Takes Home First-Ever IDT Synthetic Biology Grant Award | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

We are entering the genomic age, as the distance between DNA/genomic research and consequential applications is rapidly shortening. From gene therapy to gene editing, powerful inventions for the betterment of humanity and the environment have never been more crucial.

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The E in E. coli now stands for electronics

The E in E. coli now stands for electronics | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

An engineered gene control circuit allows the bacteria to form a template for metal.

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Do-it-yourself laboratories democratize science

Do-it-yourself laboratories democratize science | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

In the era of social media and online tutorials, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are more popular than ever. This trend is making its way into community laboratories, providing opportunities for the public to “do science” in ways that were previously within the exclusive realm of highly credentialed scientists and shrouded in the mystery of peer-reviewed journals.

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Cell engineering: How to hack the genome 

Cell engineering: How to hack the genome  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

After tackling the genomes of bacteria and yeast, synthetic biologists are setting their sights on rewriting those of more complex organisms, including humans.

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Writing the human genome 

Writing the human genome  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

A group of researchers plan to synthesize the human genome from scratch. They face huge scientific hurdles—and public scrutiny

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Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor 

Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.

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Scientists engineer baker's yeast to produce penicillin molecules

Scientists engineer baker's yeast to produce penicillin molecules | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Scientists have inserted fungus genes into a yeast cell to make it produce penicillin molecules.

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How to Hack a Cell 

How to Hack a Cell  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

The human body is made up of trillions of cells, microscopic computers that carry out complex behaviors according to the signals they receive from each other and their environment. Synthetic biologists engineer living cells to control how they behave by converting their genes into programmable circuits. A new study published by Assistant Professor Wilson Wong (BME) in Nature Biotechnology outlines a new simplified platform to target and program mammalian cells as genetic circuits, even complex ones, more quickly and efficiently.

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Synthetic yeast chromosomes help probe mysteries of evolution

Synthetic yeast chromosomes help probe mysteries of evolution | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

To work out how the yeast genome evolved, bioengineers are recreating it.

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Rice University biologists create toolkit for tuning genetic circuits

Rice University biologists create toolkit for tuning genetic circuits | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Gene promoter library allows for precise tuning of genetic inputs, outputs

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Manufacturing with microbes 

Manufacturing with microbes  | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Students’ synthetic biology project uses bacteria to produce polymers

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Kill switches for engineered microbes gone rogue

Kill switches for engineered microbes gone rogue | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Synthetic biologists are fitting the genomes of microorganisms with synthetic gene circuits to break down polluting plastics, non-invasively diagnose and treat infections in the human gut, and generate chemicals and nutrition on long haul space flights. Although showing great promise in the laboratory, these technologies require control and safety measures that make sure the engineered microorganisms keep their functional gene circuits intact over many cell divisions, and that they are contained to the specific environments they are designed for.

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Cells programmed like computers to fight disease

Cells programmed like computers to fight disease | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Cells can be programmed like a computer to fight cancer, influenza, and other serious conditions – thanks to a breakthrough in synthetic biology by the University of Warwick.

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The benefits of synthetic biology

The benefits of synthetic biology | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Why chemists need to embrace this rapidly developing field

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A rose by any other name would smell as yeast

A rose by any other name would smell as yeast | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

From afar, the multistory fermenters — towering metal cylinders encompassed by scaffolding, ladders, and pipes — look like rockets on a launch pad. Climbing to the top of the fermenter, visitors to the Mexico City manufacturing plant can peer down at a set of paddles churning 50,000 liters of frothy, golden broth. Within the mixture, genetically engineered yeast are synthesizing lactones — a family of molecules responsible for the aromas of fruits and flowers. MIT Department of Biology alumna Emily Havens Greenhagen ’05 has visited the plant over several weeks to monitor her company’s most promising project: a plan to make perfume from yeast cells.

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Endowing cells with new abilities

Endowing cells with new abilities | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

PhD student Fahim Farzadfard engineers cells to record “memories” of past events.

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Remembrance of things past – bacterial memory of gut inflammation

Remembrance of things past – bacterial memory of gut inflammation | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Stable engineered bacteria that retain long-term memory of gut inflammation could be used as living diagnostics for chronic intestinal diseases and other conditions

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Light-sensitive E. coli paint a colorful picture

Light-sensitive E. coli paint a colorful picture | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Microbes have been genetically engineered to sense red, green and blue light, and to produce pictures of what they 'see'.

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Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria

Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Rice University bioengineers demo new class of minimally invasive biosensors

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Genetically engineered microbes make their own fertilizer, could feed the world’s poorest

Genetically engineered microbes make their own fertilizer, could feed the world’s poorest | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Industrial fertilizers help feed billions of people every year, but they remain beyond the reach of many of the world’s poorest farmers. Now, researchers have engineered microbes that, when added to soil, make fertilizer on demand, producing plants that grow 1.5 times larger than crops not exposed to the bugs or other synthetic fertilizers. The advance, reported here this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, could help farmers in the poorest parts of the world increase their crop yields and combat chronic malnutrition.

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With Synthetic Biology Software, Geneticists Design Living Organisms From Scratch

With Synthetic Biology Software, Geneticists Design Living Organisms From Scratch | Synthetic biology | Scoop.it

Project that aims to build a synthetic yeast pioneers the design and debugging of chromosomes

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