September 28th, 2012 | Category: Art&Design, Ethics, Health, iGEM, Multimedia, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

The Quanticare Cura Tattoo

Just sneaking in before wiki freeze, the team from Norwich Research Park – University of East Anglia (NRP-UEA iGEM 2012) also managed a product launch: Quanticare Cura Tattoo.

February 27th, 2012 | Category: Beginner's Guides, Ethics, Health, iGEM, Microbiology, Multimedia, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

Creating life – the ultimate engineering challenge

Here’s a documentary and introduction to synthetic biology and the iGEM competition. The film follows the ParaSight iGEM project from Imperial College London 2010.

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 31st, 2012 | Category: Health, Video | One comment

3D tissue printing – update

Update: In what will probably be typical for this blog, shortly after posting an article on 3D bone printing from TU Munich 2011, further information came to light. Here is some more on 3D tissue printing that may be of interest from Lawrence Bonassar at Cornell

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 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