Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has a new video on YouTube discussing the role of design in synthetic biology. In it she discusses E. chromi, the synthetic aesthetics group and body cheese in Berlin.
This is another quick post to draw attention to a new paper in Science. There is a précis in Nature Reviews Genetics to get you started: Synthetic biology: Simplifying design. An advance is presented in a paper that demonstrates a computer-aided approach for designing RNA-based devices with predictable functional properties in Escherichia coli.
This paper from Patrick Boyle and Pam Silver at Harvard/the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering (and who wouldn’t want to work there!) gives a nice comparison of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. If you thought it was all a cut-and-paste process with a large element of luck, then think again.
There’s a piece in the Guardian today from one of the presenters of BBC’s Horizon: Synthetic biology and the rise of the spider-goats. With further programme information here: Playing God which is due to air on BBC2 Tuesday 17th January, at 21:30.
Another clear and simple introductory video to synthetic biology. This video is from Claudia Vickers, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. The video gives examples of some of the potential uses of synthetic biology, touching on some of the iGEM projects previously discussed on this blog.
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.