February 13th, 2013 | Category: Beginner's Guides, Computing, Information processing, Papers, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Turning cells into computers

Any would-be Exeter iGEMers may be interested in this article, appearing in Nature, about the current state of play in biocomputing: i.e. using biological molecules to perform computation. The article introduces the work presented in the paper, “Synthetic circuits integrating logic and memory in living cells”

May 23rd, 2012 | Category: Computing, Information processing, Media coverage, Papers, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Data storage in living cells

There’s a lot of interest (including at the Beeb) in a new paper from Drew Endy published in PNAS: rewritable digital data storage in live cells via engineered control of recombination directionality.

February 21st, 2012 | Category: Art&Design, Blogs, Health, Information processing, Multimedia, Papers, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

DNA origami nanorobots

There’s a new report in Science, “a logic-gated nanorobot for targeted transport of molecular payloads” from Shawn Douglas, Ido Bachelet and George Church with plenty of coverage, including Nature, New Scientist and SynBio champion the Daily Mail. There is also an accompanying video (below).

January 30th, 2012 | Category: B. subtilis, Beginner's Guides, E. coli, iGEM, Information processing, Materials science, Media coverage, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

iGEM showcase part 2: Materials Science

In the first post of this series I looked at the last three winners of the iGEM Grand Prize: University of Washington, Team Slovenia and the University of Cambridge. In the second post I shall cover three imaginative iGEM projects which set out to produce useful materials in novel ways; namely Blood, Bone, and Concrete.

January 10th, 2012 | Category: Information processing, Papers, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Bacterial cells collaborate to sense arsenic

Just a quick post to draw attention to this recent paper in Nature: A sensing array of radically coupled genetic ‘biopixels’ from Jeff Hasty’s lab (link features colonies of engineered E. coli oscillating in synchrony). Christopher Voigt has written a précis Synthetic biology: bacterial cells collaborate to sense arsenic.

January 6th, 2012 | Category: iGEM, Information processing, Multimedia, Synthetic Biology, Video | One comment

iGEM showcase part 1: Grand Prizes

The iGEM competition has grown dramatically in the first ten years of its existence. The competition, which is driven by the enthusiasm of the undergraduate students taking part, has accomplished many amazing things. I will be posting a series of pointers towards fascinating projects

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