0000-0003-0319-5416“Photosynthesis as the engine for life on earth has high engineering potential, which has not yet been fully exploited…By step-wise identification of all the components needed for engin… Source: Can we synthetically engineer C4 photosynthesis?
0000-0003-0319-5416As our third SEED2016 post, I’m focusing on the commercial industry presence at the conference. This year SEED showcased the burgeoning synthetic biology industry. 25% of speakers came from industry and 18 sponsors chipped in to make
0000-0003-0319-5416Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came to Boston last Thursday to open the ASM Microbe 2016 conference. As the wealthiest person in the world, Gates has been able
0000-0003-0319-5416Reports of a “secret” meeting on synthetic human genomes have caused quite the uproar online. Some of the headlines and comments conjured up sci-fi plots of new artificial humans. While many predictably overhyped the meeting, there
0000-0003-0319-5416If you do synthetic biology, you probably need plasmids. If you need plasmids, you’ve probably (hopefully) heard of Addgene because Addgene loves sharing plasmids from one researcher to another. The nonprofit plasmid repository started in
After briefly fading from the media spotlight, CRISPR, the genome-engineering tool that caused widespread consternation at the end of 2015, when a Chinese group first reported applying the technique in (non-viable) human embryos, is staging a comeback in
When we decided to crowdsource a review of the year from the synthetic biology community we weren’t sure what the response would be – but it has been fantastic! So good in fact, that we
How to better control or eradicate deadly infections using transgenesis or genome editing technologies?
by Gaetan Burgio Deadly infectious diseases, such as those transmitted through mosquitoes, are a huge threat to the human population. The rapid pace in the development of transgenesis technologies and genome editing over the last few
by Aakriti Jain The CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing tool is arguably one of the most revolutionary tools in biotechnology, the applications of which range from biofuels to medicine. Until now, a caveat of the tool was the
If there was really any hope that the new gene-editing techniques would be accepted as benign by anti-GMO activists, it has vanished. Second in a series of posts by Tabitha M. Powledge. Last week I