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” Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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). Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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 Continue reading