Nature First Rounders Podcast: The Path Less Travelled

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Last summer I had the pleasure of talking with Brady Huggett on Nature Biotechnology’s First Rounders podcast (if you haven’t heard it in the past you should check it out – it’s a wonderful series of conversations with the people that have helped found, finance, and develop life sciences). We talked about a lot of things, from how I got …


Building the Trust Infrastructure for Synthetic Biology

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By: Tracy Lessor, PhD, MBA Senior Leader, Science Communications Feinstein Kean Healthcare   Jurassic World. Orphan Black. Splice. Helix. Synthetic biology is the inspiration behind these and many other popular science fiction movies and television series, and it seems that the public cannot get enough of them.  While these stories provide entertainment with their extreme scenarios, more importantly, they are …


Never Bored and Never Done

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By: Natalie Kuldell President, The BioBuilder Educational Foundation Instructor, MIT Department of Biological Engineering Bill Gates told Wired magazine that if he were a kid today, he’d want to be hacking biology. But how will the next generation of biocoders learn the language of DNA programming? How will they find ways to connect personally meaningful projects to synthetic biology’s most …

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Engineering Biology for Science & Industry: Accelerating Progress, Meeting Summary and Next Steps

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The Engineering Biology for Science & Industry: Accelerating Progress meeting in April had a standing room only crowd, with enthusiastic dialogue about what is required to accelerate progress in engineering biology, and lots of support for moving forward.  The discussions were captured in a meeting summary and can be found here:   In addition to the numerous comments from the panel discussions …


International Team of Engineering Biology Experts to Spotlight Designer Genomes, Engineering Biology and Societal Implications

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Which designer genome will be synthesized from scratch next? What are the societal implications of designer genomes? How can we gain public acceptance of these technologies in light of recent visible events, such as the controversy over germ line editing using CRISPR? An international group of scientific leaders will convene at the New York Genome Center in New York City …

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Engineering Biology for Science & Industry: Accelerating Progress

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The U.S. has been a world leader in the emerging field of engineering biology, producing more high-impact foundational and translational research – and commercial products – than any other nation. A new strategic direction for engineering biology is greatly needed, however, or the U.S. will risk falling behind in a field that it has pioneered. On April 17th, 2015, emerging …


Biological Containment: Safety Step on the Pathway to Bioengineering Solutions

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  Unaffordable healthcare. Unsustainable fuels and industrial chemicals. Environmental pollution. Lack of sufficient food supplies for a rapidly growing population. There is one thing each of these pressing, real-world problems has in common: their potential solution. Synthetic biology, a novel branch of science that enables the design and construction of biological parts, devices, and systems as well as the redesign …

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East Meets West

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On November 20, Breakout Labs, the philanthropic investment program from the Thiel Foundation, introduced themselves to the New York scientific community, along with their three east coast investments: Modern Meadow, Longevity Biotech, and Epibone. Modern Meadow is looking to develop meat products and cultured leather that require no animal slaughter, and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals …

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How Do We Work?

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This is a question I am often asked when a difficult project has been transformed into seemingly impossible results.  After some reflection about the projects on which I have worked, there are some fundamental aspects of how I have worked with many different teams to create an unforeseen future that are worth sharing. In this post, I will share some …