Posted 22nd February 2017 by Jane Williams
Image credit: The iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) has recently opened its applications for the next round of competition and jamboree between student teams across the globe. The synthetic biology competition has steadily been growing in popularity since its launch. In 2004 there were just 31 participants. By 2010 this had grown to 2327 and in 2016 a whopping 5600 people took part.
Posted 30th January 2017 by Jane Williams
The Molecular Biology Summit hosted three meetings in parallel: the qPCR and Digital PCR Congress, the Microfluidics Congress, and the Synthetic Biology Congress. Each meeting had talks organised into tracks which took place side-by-side. I attended the Synthetic Biology Congress, which also gave me access to the other two meetings.
Posted 28th November 2016 by Jane Williams
Synthetic biology is one of the most promising areas of modern science. Predicted to be worth $37.21bn globally by 2022, there is a wealth of potential for developments in the healthcare and plant industries. Interviews with leading experts in the field reveal not only the scope of this exciting field of research, but what first drew them to synthetic biology.
Posted 16th November 2016 by Jane Williams
Karmella Haynes, at the Arizona State University, is one of the first synthetic biologists to engineer chromatin. It is a development that could ultimately treat diseases like cancer, through enabling large-scale changes in gene expression.
Posted 28th October 2016 by Jane Williams
From 1996 to 2000, Vincent Noireaux worked in the laboratory of Jacques Prost at the Curie Institute. He joined the laboratory of Albert Libchaber at the Rockefeller University following the completion of his PhD, and in 2005, moved to the University of Minnesota, where he currently works. We spoke with Vincent about his thoughts on the future of synthetic biology, existing bottlenecks and his own work adapting TX-TL for synthetic biology applications.
Posted 7th October 2016 by Jane Williams
It can be difficult for researchers at the beginning of their scientific career to make their research known – funding is limited and the field is competitive. So we are pleased to provide six scientists at the start of their career the opportunity to present their work at the 3rd Synthetic Biology Congress.
Posted 30th September 2016 by Jane Williams
Torsten Waldminghaus spoke to us about his thoughts on the work of the Craig Venter Group and Jeff Boeke, the stigma attached to synthetic biology and his own work building synthetic secondary chromosomes.