March 15th, 2012 | Category: Seminars | Leave a comment

Seminars of interest

There are a couple of seminars coming up that may be of interest. Today (15/03/2012) the biosciences seminar will be given by Professor Nick Read (University of Edinburgh) in Laver LT6 at 1pm (please note the later than usual start time). The talk title is “Spore germination and infection in filamentous fungi”.

March 13th, 2012 | Category: Art&Design, Beginner's Guides, Ethics, Multimedia, Synthetic Biology, Video | 4 comments

Synthetic biology interviews

Sam Gaty and George Costakis are producing a documentary covering the first 10 or so years of synthetic biology. I don’t know what stage the project is currently at, but they have made some interviews available on their website that you may find interesting.

March 9th, 2012 | Category: Fungi, Microbiology, Papers | One comment

Plastic-eating fungi

Biology is the raw material for synthetic biology. In this paper, ‘Biodegradation of polyester polyurethane by endophytic fungi‘ published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the authors describe fungal isolates from the Ecuadorian rainforest with the potential for bioremediation.

March 2nd, 2012 | Category: Beginner's Guides, iGEM | Leave a comment

iGEM Europe 2012

We don’t normally carry adverts on this blog, but this one seemed particularly relevant: Join iGEM Europe.

February 29th, 2012 | Category: Papers | Leave a comment

Nessun dorma

Here is a detour. In this instance a trip into plant metabolism in order to mark the online publication of our latest paper in New Phytologist earlier this month. Whilst there isn’t any synthetic biology here there is biology, and an illustration of how genetics and the environment combine to influence plant behaviour.