March 28th, 2013 | Category: Papers, Protein design, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Cas9 – a new genome editing tool

Cas9 – could it change Biotech forever? Well, you’ll have to follow that link to find out. In the meantime, here’s a very brief introduction. CRISPR – clustered, regularly interspersed, short palindromic repeats – are used by bacteria and archaea to provide protection against foreign nucleic acid sequences. Like this:Like Loading…

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” Like this:Like Loading…

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). Like this:Like Loading…