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Advances in engineering of polymerases for synthetic genetics and applications reviewed by Cambridge researchers

Advances in engineering of polymerases for synthetic genetics and applications reviewed by Cambridge researchers

Cambridge researchers have reviewed recent progress in the enzymatic synthesis of synthetic genetic polymers - their roles in ligand binding and catalysis, and application as building blocks for three-dimensional nanostructures.

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[Closes 18 July 2017] OpenPlant PDRA: riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnology

Prof. Alison Smith is recruiting for an OpenPlant postdoc position generating novel regulatory elements based on riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnology - apply by 18 July 2017

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Twenty-nine Biomaker Challenge projects funded plus extra deadline for proposals - 21 July 2017

Twenty-nine Biomaker Challenge projects funded plus extra deadline for proposals - 21 July 2017

Twenty-nine Biomaker Challenge projects were funded by the SRI, OpenPlant and CamBridgSens covering a huge range of biology and engineering tasks from cell-free synthetic biology to clinical devices to lab automation solutions. Due to late interest, we have added a later deadline of 21 July.

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CamOptimus tool published - applying AI to synthetic biology

CamOptimus tool published - applying AI to synthetic biology

SynBio Fund contributed to supporting an interdisciplinary team hoping to help synthetic biologists to optimise their experiment and the resulting CamOptimus software has now been published in the journal 'Microbiology'.

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Call for abstracts for SynBio UK 2017

Call for abstracts for SynBio UK 2017

SynBio UK conference will showcase UK Synthetic Biology research and to create a focal point for the community, embracing its diversity and fostering its growth and engagement. Submit your abstract to the scientific programme now. The conference will take place 27-28 November 2017 at Manchester Conference Centre, UK.

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 SynBio SRI and partners awarded CRASSH Faculty Research Group 2017-18 on Open IP and emerging technologies

SynBio SRI and partners awarded CRASSH Faculty Research Group 2017-18 on Open IP and emerging technologies

The Synthetic Biology SRI and partners at the Institute for Manufacturing, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and Faculty of Law have been awarded a CRASSH Faculty Research Group on Open IO. This programme supports groups of Cambridge faculty members working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest.

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The Frontier venture-focused challenge prize launched with opportunities for synthetic biology

The Frontier venture-focused challenge prize launched with opportunities for synthetic biology

The world's first venture-focused challenge prize The Frontier has been launched by Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit supporting science driven innovation and Deep Science Ventures. Six challenges are proposed and several have scope for synthetic biology-based solutions.

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[Closes 19 June 2017] SynBio SRI seeks Assistant Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is based in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. We are seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Assistant Coordinator who will work closely with the SRI Coordinator, Dr Jenny Molloy, in the research group of Professor Jim Haseloff (SRI Chair).

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Cafe Synthetique seeks graduate student speakers for 21 Aug 2017

Cafe Synthetique seeks graduate student speakers for 21 Aug 2017

Cafe Synthetique is an informal monthly meeting at the Panton Arms organised by the Synthetic Biology SRI, where an eclectic range of people speak on topics of general interest to those at the biology/technology/engineering interface.

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[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open

[Closes 9 June 2017] POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowships call now open

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

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Cambridge BRAINFest takes place June 23-25 2017 - get involved!

Cambridge BRAINFest is a public free festival of brain research that will bring together neuroscientists from across Cambridge to present ground breaking research in 30 interactive exhibits covering themes of Development', 'Brain & Body', ‘Pain & Pleasure’, ‘Imagination & Perception’ and ‘Learning & Forgetting’, spanning research from molecule to man.

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Cell-free technology startup founded by former SynBio SRI member awarded funding by RebelBio.

Cell-free technology startup founded by former SynBio SRI member awarded funding by RebelBio.

Cell-Free Tech is a brand new start up company specialising in giving people the ability to do biological research, without the need for expensive tools and infrastructure. Based at the Microbiology Department of the University College Cork, Cell-free Tech is part of RebelBio, an accelerator programme that helps life sciences innovators, academics, biomakers and citizen scientists to change the world with biology.

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[Closes 23 June 2017] Apply now for the Biomaker Challenge!

[Closes 23 June 2017] Apply now for the Biomaker Challenge!

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.

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[Closes 30 June 2017] Apply now for the OpenPlant Fund

[Closes 30 June 2017] Apply now for the OpenPlant Fund

The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.

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Synthetic Biology SRI members discover caterpillar that can biodegrade shopping bags

Synthetic Biology SRI members discover caterpillar that can biodegrade shopping bags

In an exciting new development in the war on plastic waste, Cambridge researchers have discovered a common insect larva that is able to break down chemical bonds in polyethylene plastic bags at higher rates than any method found previously. Scientists say the discovery could be a possible opportunity to help remove harmful polyethylene waste from the environment and landfills.

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Global Challenges Forum announced

Global Challenges Forum announced

The Global Challenges Forum have recently announced their new website. The forum aims to enhance the contribution of University of Cambridge research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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[Closes 25 June 2017] Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund

Cambridge-Africa have announced the 2017 call for applications for the ALBORADA Research Fund

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[Closes 14 May] Mozilla Fellowship for Open Science

[Closes 14 May] Mozilla Fellowship for Open Science

The SynBio SRI promotes open technologies for research among early-career researchers through events programmes and grants. The Mozilla Fellowships for Open Science are an excellent opportunity for ECRs who are working to advance Open Access, Open Source or Open Science in their research and want to step up their involvement.

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Opportunity to join international open hardware collaboration to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging

Members of the international open science hardware community have been pursuing a group project to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging and are seeking collaborators.

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[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams

[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams

Dr James Ajioka and Dr Orr Yarkoni are offering a Development i-Teams project for Easter Term 2017, exploring the potential of their new way of dyeing fabric using engineered microorganisms in India.

[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams - Read More…

The cutting edge of Synthetic Botany reviewed by Cambridge researchers

The cutting edge of Synthetic Botany reviewed by Cambridge researchers

Cambridge researchers have reviewed the state of art and future prospects for Synthetic Botany - the application of synthetic biology to engineering nuclear and chloroplast genomes in plants.

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Synthetic biology and the senses at the Cambridge Science Festival

The Downing Site Plant and Life Sciences Marquee welcomed over 1200 Science Festival attendees on Saturday 18 March to experience 'getting personal' with the biological sciences. Members of OpenPlant and the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative were out in force to help visitors of all ages explore synthetic biology with their senses and explore the every day applications this emerging technology might be put to in the coming years: from sustainable scents to tastier tomatoes.

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Three Cambridge based spin-offs win Bio-start accelerator funding

Three Cambridge based spin-offs win Bio-start accelerator funding

After an intensive 10-week competition across the UK, three Cambridge spin-offs have been awarded Bio-start funding, as well as the opportunity to join the UK’s first synthetic biology accelerator programme.

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Synthetic Biology SRI members collaborate on Biodesign challenge workshops at the Royal College of Art.

Synthetic Biology SRI members collaborate on Biodesign challenge workshops at the Royal College of Art.

The BioDesign challenge asks students, in consultation with scientists and design professors, to create designs that demonstrate how biotech might reshape our world—from foods, to materials, to energy, to medicine. The pilot program in 2016, which culminated in a summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) NY, received a tremendous amount of praise.

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Just add water: creating protein in a test tube with cell-free synthetic biology

Science Practice’s interest in synthetic biology goes back to the Arsenic Biosensor Collaboration, and recently we were back in Jim Haseloff’s lab to learn about a new development called cell-free synthetic biology. This technology made headlines when it was used to create a low-cost, paper-based diagnostic test for the Zika virus. We’re interested in paper-based diagnostics (see SoilCards) and portable technology that could enable lab analysis in the field, like the MinION. Because of our work in this area were we asked to co-convene a workshop called “Programmable biology in the test tube”, which was organised by Jenny Molloy from the Strategic Research Initiative for Synthetic Biology at Cambridge.

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How can we share solutions to complex systems problems across domains and application areas?

What do power networks, transportation hubs, weather patterns, commercial organisations and swarming robots have in common? Chih-Chun Chen and Nathan Crilly at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre have published ‘A primer on the design and science of complex systems’, following on from work examining complexity in synthetic biology and swarm robotics.

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New Report Release Webinar from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (March 9, 2017)

Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was released on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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