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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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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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EUSynBioS announces 2017 dates for their annual Symposium 2017 (Aug 31 - Sep 1)

EUSynBioS announces 2017 dates for their annual Symposium 2017 (Aug 31 - Sep 1)

The European Association of Synthetic Biology Students and Postdocs (EUSynBioS) are excited to announce dates for their annual symposium on Synthetic Biology held Aug 31 - Sep 1 2017 in Madrid.

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Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup group reaches 500 members

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup is a group for people interested in Synthetic Biology and open technologies: the DNA-based reprogramming and computational modelling of living systems and low-cost hardware for biological instrumentation.

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Registration opens for OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge, 24-26 July 2017

Registration opens for OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge, 24-26 July 2017

OpenPlant Forum is an annual open meeting for plant synthetic biology organised by the OpenPlant partners: University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Attendees from other organisations are welcome.

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Professor Alison Smith featured on BBC's The Life Scientific

Professor Alison Smith featured on BBC's The Life Scientific

Alison Smith, Professor of Plant Biochemistry in the Department of Plant Sciences, whose research interests include algal synthetic biology, has been featured on the BBC's The Life Scientific.

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Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: a workshop report

Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: a workshop report

The Synthetic Biology SRI and OpenPlant, CSaP, Public Policy SRI and Faculty of Law co-organised a workshop held on 28 January 2016 on the openness of large bioresources in synthetic biology and genomics. The resulting report by Dr John Liddicoat and Dr Kathy Liddell has now been published on SSRN.

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WIRED UK cover beautiful bioluminescent dress supported by SynBio Fund

WIRED UK cover beautiful bioluminescent dress supported by SynBio Fund

A science-fashion collaboration between researchers in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Royal College of Art has appeared in the Februrary edition of WIRED UK.

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African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 to be held in Cambridge

African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 to be held in Cambridge

Seventy candidates will be selected to participate in the African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017. The Summit will trigger discussion on how Africa's present and future leaders and all stakeholders can work collaboratively to strengthen research capacity building, innovation and commercialization in Africa.

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Ten projects awarded £5000 OpenPlant Fund grants to develop open technologies for plant or cell-free synthetic biology

Ten projects awarded £5000 OpenPlant Fund grants to develop open technologies for plant or cell-free synthetic biology

Congratulations to the successful ten teams who will be working on projects as diverse as microfluidic devices for cyanobacteria to light sheet microscopy for algae to open teaching resources for genetic circuit fabrication.

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WaterScope named in Nominet Trust 100: 2016’s most inspiring examples of tech for good

WaterScope named in Nominet Trust 100: 2016’s most inspiring examples of tech for good

WaterScope is a social enterprise making use of an open-source 3D-printed microscope designed by Dr Richard Bowman, who received a SynBio Fund to support his work in 2015. They have been named as one of the Nominet Trust's 100 most inspiring examples of tech for good in 2016.

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UK bioeconomy: call for evidence

UK bioeconomy: call for evidence

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy is leading a call for evidence which seeks your input to help shape UK bioeconomy strategy.

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Co-Lab OpenPlant: an interdisciplinary science design workshop

Co-Lab OpenPlant: an interdisciplinary science design workshop

The 5th edition of Co-Lab workshop was hosted in Cambridge, including Makespace Cambridge and Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. This workshop received a grant from the OpenPlant Fund, with the aim to spur discussion of plant synthetic biology from an ethnographic point of view. The facilitator, Open Science School, is an non-profit based in Paris interested in exploration of open source technology in the fields of education, design and beyond.

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Programmable biology in the test tube: new interdisciplinary activity series launched by SRI

Programmable biology in the test tube: new interdisciplinary activity series launched by SRI

In vitro or cell-free synthetic biology is a topic of growing interest to many groups in Cambridge and the Synthetic Biology SRI is pleased to announce an upcoming programme of activities to promote and support interdisciplinary work in this space.

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Applications for the 2017 EUSynBioS Steering Committee are now open!

The EUSynBioS initiative is run entirely by dedicated students and postdocs keen to make a difference in European synthetic biology. The initiative is currently looking for new members to join their 2017 EUSynBioS Steering Committee!

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[Closes 4 Dec 2016] SynbiCITE 4-Day MBA at Imperial College London

from Dec 11, 2016 06:00 PM to Dec 15, 2016 09:00 PM

SynbiCITE is running a 4-Day MBA 'More Business Acumen: Building a Synthetic Biology-rich Biotech Business from Scratch' again this December.

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Artificial symmetry-breaking for morphogenetic engineering bacterial colonies

Artificial symmetry-breaking for morphogenetic engineering bacterial colonies

An international team of researchers from University of Cambridge, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Stanford University recently published a paper in ACS Synthetic Biology that sought to apply synthetic biology approaches to the engineering of morphologies in multicellular systems.

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Call for participation in 4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - to be held in Cambridge!

Call for participation in 4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - to be held in Cambridge!

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Robinson College - University of Cambridge - UK on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts.

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Genomics and Genome Editing inquiry launched by Commons Science & Technology Committee

Genomics and Genome Editing inquiry launched by Commons Science & Technology Committee

Science and Technology Committee launch an inquiry into genomics and genome-editing. The Committee welcomes written submissions by Friday 6 January 2017.

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SynBio Fund Success: If you can protoplast, you can encapsulate

SynBio Fund Success: If you can protoplast, you can encapsulate

The following is a guest post from the SynBio Fund project 'Development of a microfluidic device for high-throughput analysis of genetic circuits in plant protoplasts' from by Steven Burgess, Ivan Reyna-Llorens, Christian R. Boehm, Sara Abalde-Cela and Paul Bennett.

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iGEM 2016: The story behind the gold medal winning project

iGEM 2016: The story behind the gold medal winning project

The Cambridge-JIC iGEM Team won a Gold Medal and Plant Synthetic Biology Prize for their project on open source synthetic biology tools for chloroplast engineering in algae. Team member Ciara McCarthy takes us through how they did it!

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iGEM Update: Standardising DNA – why bother?

iGEM Update: Standardising DNA – why bother?

The Cambridge-JIC iGEM Team 2016 explored open source synthetic biology tools for chloroplast engineering in algae.

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Open Research Pilot Project launched for Wellcome Trust Funded researchers at Cambridge - apply by 11 Dec 2016

Open Research Pilot Project launched for Wellcome Trust Funded researchers at Cambridge - apply by 11 Dec 2016

The University of Cambridge Office of Scholarly Communication jointly with the Wellcome Trust has launched a call for participants for the Open Research Pilot Project - looking at sharing and getting credit for all outputs of the research process. Apply by 11 Dec 2016 to participate.

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Explore genome editing and society with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Genome Hacking Retreat, 12-17 March 2017

Explore genome editing and society with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Genome Hacking Retreat, 12-17 March 2017

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (KIT-ITAS) invites invites biologists, computer and hardware engineers, lawyers, social scientists, artists and designers to a week-long retreat discussing the consequences of a democratized and decentralised use of genome editing in the near future.

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Review of Plant Synthetic Biology at iGEM 2016

Review of Plant Synthetic Biology at iGEM 2016

Geraint Parry of GARNet runs through the plant synthetic biology projects showcased at the iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree, including the Cambridge-JIC team and their work on chloroplast engineering in Chlamydomonas rheinhardtii.

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Cambridge iGEM team win Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize at prestigious international competition

Cambridge iGEM team win Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize at prestigious international competition

A team of Cambridge students have been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize for their entry into the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition 2016.

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