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

Re-Wired!

Horizontal gene transfer is a process where useful genes are transferred between species. It is common in prokaryotes, but here’s a more rare example of the phenomenon across 2 kingdoms of life. A natural version of synthetic biology. Read all about it here and here. Like this:Like Loading…

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. Like this:Like Loading…

February 27th, 2012 | Category: Mathematics, Seminars | Leave a comment

Self-organization and self-assembly in biological materials: the example of nacre

This Friday (2nd March) Professor Julyan Cartwright (Universidad de Granada) will be giving the following seminar: “Self-organization and self-assembly in biological materials: the example of nacre.” The seminar will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 in Newman D. Like this:Like Loading…

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). Like this:Like Loading…

February 9th, 2012 | Category: Ethics, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Synthetic Biology Scorecard from the Woodrow Wilson Center

Click here for information from SynBio.org (Cambridge synthetic biology resources) regarding a new web-based Synthetic Biology Scorecard project. This project is run by the Woodrow Wilson Center and is designed to track efforts to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development so risks are minimized and broad social and economic benefits can be realised. Like this:Like […]

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