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Cafe Synthetique tackles DNA-based Information Storage and DNA Synthesis.

Cafe Synthetique tackles DNA-based Information Storage and DNA Synthesis.

Cafe Synthetique commanded a full house with plenty of interesting discussion around Pierre Murat's research on DNA-based information storage and Jiahao Huang's work on long chain DNA synthesis.

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New Royal Society Report: Synthetic Biology - does industry get it?

New Royal Society Report: Synthetic Biology - does industry get it?

On 8 February 2017, the Royal Society hosted a conference that posed the question Synthetic biology – does industry get it? It brought together nearly 200 experts from academia, industry and government to provide an honest and open appraisal of how industry is using synthetic biology, acknowledging successes and strengths but also looking at what barriers still need to be overcome.

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Cafe Synthetique highlights graduate student work in synthetic biology: algae, arsenic testing and automated labs

Cafe Synthetique highlights graduate student work in synthetic biology: algae, arsenic testing and automated labs

Cafe Synthetique this August gave the floor to a talented collection of graduate students working on synthetic biology projects around the University. It was an excellent insight into some cutting edge science and how these early career researchers view the future of biological engineering.

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T7 RNA polymerase-driven inducible cell lysis for DNA transfer from Escherichia coli to Bacillus subtilis.

Mario Juhas and Jim Ajioka from the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge have contributed to creating reliable and efficient systems for the transfer of synthetic DNA between E. coli and B. subtilis.

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Biomaker Challenge - building collaborations through low-cost instrumentation

Biomaker Challenge - building collaborations through low-cost instrumentation

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. The programme aims to facilitate exchange between the biological and physical sciences, engineering, and humanities for the development of open source biological instrumentation using commodity electronics and DIY approaches.

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Advocacy Science Explained - using biotechnology as a case study

Cambridge researcher Ksenia Gerasimova unravels how advocacy science has changed political discourse in science, and the general perception of the role of science in contemporary society.

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£1m GCRF grant awarded for open source, 3D-printed microscopes

£1m GCRF grant awarded for open source, 3D-printed microscopes

Dr Richard Bowman, SynBio Fund grantee and now a 50th Anniversary Research Fellow at the University Bath, is collaborating with colleagues in Cambridge and at STICLab in Tanzania to develop 3D-printed open hardware for science. The group have just been awarded a £1m grant to drive forward their work.

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UK SynBio Start-Up Survey published - University of Cambridge has second highest number of SynBio spin-offs in UK

UK SynBio Start-Up Survey published - University of Cambridge has second highest number of SynBio spin-offs in UK

SynbiCITE have published the first survey of the UK synthetic biology start-up ecosystem, highlighting the changing sources of innovation and entrepreneurship at work in the sector from a macro-level perspective.

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WaterScope wins Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award

WaterScope wins Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award

WaterScope, led by Dr Alexander Patto (NanoPhotonics Centre), is a not-for-profit, impact driven company spun out of research conducted within the Department of Physics by Dr Richard Bowman and collaborators.

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Cambridge SynBio Startup Colorifix Wins Rainbow Seed Fund “Breaking New Ground” Award at Bio-start Competition

Cambridge SynBio Startup Colorifix Wins Rainbow Seed Fund “Breaking New Ground” Award at Bio-start Competition

Cambridge-based start-up Colorifix entered the Bio-start competition for companies using engineering biology to solve significant global problems and won the “Breaking New Ground” Award for its technology manufacturing vibrant and long lasting fabric dyes entirely using biological processes to help the textile industry dramatically and cost-effectively reduce its environmental impact.

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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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Biohackathon 2017 'Decentralised Biology' event welcomes applicants

from Sep 14, 2017 10:35 AM to Sep 24, 2017 10:35 AM London,

Biohackathon 2017 is open to all and encourages diverse people of any age, coming up with diverse solutions, from any discipline. Whether you are a designer, artist, actor, scientist, MBA, engineer, mathematician or programmer you are welcome to apply.

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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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