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.
Here’s a typically scary interesting story from the Daily Mail. The article asks: could synthetic biology lead to mind hackers? (Whilst I was surprised that the Mail was aware of synthetic biology, I was even more surprised that there was no mention of whether or not synthetic biology causes or cures cancer).
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
This summer the University of Exeter is seeking to enter a team of students into the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.
There was plenty of controversy generated at the end of 2010 by the suggestion that a particular Halophilic bacteria (GFA-J1) could incorporate arsenic into DNA in place of phosphorous. But perhaps the most interesting outcome was not the research itself, but the online response.
Drew Endy from 2008, discussing what he wants to do with synthetic biology and why. In it he touches on perhaps the most important aspect of synthetic biology to biologists: learning by building.