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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 
Call for papers - The rise of DIY Laboratories: Implication for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy

Call for papers - The rise of DIY Laboratories: Implication for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy

30 May 2019

From Auckland to Zagreb, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) laboratories are "popping" up in cities across the world. Organised around open-source principles, these independent community-based science research hubs, often set up by Scientists and Science Enthusiasts to learn, experiment and get involve with the world of STI advancement. These "citizen laboratories" are flourishing because they are attracting volunteers, communities, groups, and venture capitalists, making them alternative homes for talent located within and beyond the theoretical boundaries of universities keen to open up the processes of science, technology, and innovation to the public (Hecker et al., 2018; Sleator, 2016; Landrain, 2013).

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2017 Biomaker Team in Line for Early-career Innovator Award for Open Source Chamber for Speed-Breeding and Crop Transformation

2017 Biomaker Team in Line for Early-career Innovator Award for Open Source Chamber for Speed-Breeding and Crop Transformation

30 May 2019

A group of young innovators based in Norwich Research Park have made the final of the BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2019 Awards.Their project, initially prototyped through the 2017 Biomaker Challenge, has made speed breeding more accessible to the research community.

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Biomakers in South America, Africa, and beyond looking for Cambridge and Norwich collaborators for the current funding call

26 April 2019

OpenPlant Biomaker is a five-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to (i) build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology or (ii) develop a biological resource or outreach project with up to £3000 support. As we are about halfway through the call, and following a well-attended mixer session, there are now several UK and international researchers looking for collaborators before the call closes on Monday 13 May! Who they are and how to connect with them....

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Survey results are in for the demand for open-source hardware in research + education

Survey results are in for the demand for open-source hardware in research + education

25 April 2019

A few months ago, André Maia Chagas (Mozilla Fellow, TReND in Africa collaborator, and co-founder of Prometheus Science) conducted a survey to better understand what tools and resources researchers, educators, DIYers and curious individuals were lacking in order to conduct scientific experiments. In the second stage of the project, André and his team hope to engage communities and collectively build the tools to address these needs through a call for participation in a building event.

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Biomaker Training in Ghana: Introducing biologists and non-biologists to building science hardware

Biomaker Training in Ghana: Introducing biologists and non-biologists to building science hardware

23 April 2019

The Biomaker Africa programme is the first of its kind in Africa, aimed at training biologists and non-biologists to learn, design, prototype and share science hardware critical to building tools for laboratory use and environmental sensing. Additionally, the programme is geared towards enabling teams to find solutions to problems in agriculture, health, research and education particular to Africa. Biomaker Africa includes 4 countries: Ghana (Kumasi Hive), South Africa (University of Pretoria), Egypt (Mansoura University) and Ethiopia (Bahir Dar University). Harry Akligoh of Kumasi Hive details the exciting two-month intensive Biomaker training program that was implemented this spring.

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The Art & Science Soirée aimed to provide the inspiration, tools and spaces to work on interdisciplinary, open science projects

The Art & Science Soirée aimed to provide the inspiration, tools and spaces to work on interdisciplinary, open science projects

21 March 2019

As part of this year's Cambridge Science Festival, The Art & Science Soirée brought together scientists, engineers, artists and designers for an exciting evening of speed meets, snap-talks, hands-on demos, and unexpected encounters. From the beginning, it was important to the organisers that the evening not only produce sparks of inspiration, but provide the tools and resources to be able to move forward and produce something tangible with them.

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New paper out from Jewett lab on cell-free biosynthesis of limonene using enzyme-enriched Escherichia coli lysates

New paper out from Jewett lab on cell-free biosynthesis of limonene using enzyme-enriched Escherichia coli lysates

6 March 2019

Isoprenoids are an attractive class of metabolites for enzymatic synthesis from renewable substrates. However, metabolic engineering of microorganisms for monoterpenoid production is limited by the need for time-consuming, and often non-intuitive, combinatorial tuning of biosynthetic pathway variations to meet design criteria. Towards alleviating this limitation, the goal of this work was to build a modular, cell-free platform for construction and testing of monoterpenoid pathways, using the fragrance and flavoring molecule limonene as a model.

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Our Biomaker Challenge: Designing for Code-Free LCD Menu Generation

Our Biomaker Challenge: Designing for Code-Free LCD Menu Generation

1 March 2019

I’m a hardware designer and embedded systems programmer based outside Boston, MA, and I was an early independent contributor to the XOD project. I come from a background and education more rooted in art and design, sound engineering, and analog circuit design for audio equipment, than software development/code hacking and seem to be more of a “visual thinker,” so the idea of being able to rapidly prototype microprocessor systems with a metaphor like wiring modules together really appealed to me. And I was glad to see that Cambridge chose to use this environment as an educational aid. I think it will be a unique tool for science and engineering students, even with limited programming ability, to build fairly complex microprocessor-based hardware vital to the success of projects in their own fields, and simultaneously teach how to design and think like an engineer.

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2019 OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge will focus on smart design for the future bioeconomy

2019 OpenPlant Forum in Cambridge will focus on smart design for the future bioeconomy

28 February 2019

The annual synthetic biology forum will be held at Murray Edwards College this summer during the last week of July. A preliminary programme has been announced and free registration is now open!

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Biomaker Initiative Awarded £80k for Capacity Building in Africa!

Biomaker Initiative Awarded £80k for Capacity Building in Africa!

26 February 2019

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports interdisciplinary activities that address problems of developing countries and aims to develop sustainable and innovative solutions. The SynBio SRI is excited to announce that, together with Dr Lara Allen and Dr Jenny Molloy, we have been successful in a bid to implement the Biomaker programme with key partners in African institutions to build local expertise and capacity through knowledge sharing and exchange of open-source materials.

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