January 18th, 2012 | Category: Computing, Papers | Leave a comment

Computer aided synthetic biology

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.

January 17th, 2012 | Category: Metabolic engineering, Papers | Leave a comment

Parts & Pipes – know your biology

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.  

January 16th, 2012 | Category: Beginner's Guides, Media coverage, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Synthetic biology and the rise of the spider-goats

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.

January 10th, 2012 | Category: Beginner's Guides, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

Another introduction to synthetic biology

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.

January 10th, 2012 | Category: Information processing, Papers, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Bacterial cells collaborate to sense arsenic

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.

January 9th, 2012 | Category: Seminars | Leave a comment

From anthrax to tea via sharks, self cloning, the FBI and cricket

This week’s Biosciences seminar speaker will be Professor Les Baillie from Cardiff University. His talk title is: “From Anthrax to Tea via sharks, self cloning, the FBI and cricket!” The seminar will be held at 12 noon on Thursday 12th January in GP328. Please note the change of venue for this week only.

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