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Building a Genome from Scratch: Lessons Learned from Sc2.0

If anyone understands the challenges associated with powering a eukaryotic cell with a designer genome built from scratch, it’s Leslie Mitchell, a postdoc in Jef Boeke’s labat NYU. Mitchell has been leading experimental design and technological development for the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (Sc2.0) since 2012. In this role, she collaborates with Sc2.0 International Consortium team members spanning 4 continents to provide remote mentorship …

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Building the Trust Infrastructure for Synthetic Biology

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 …

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Never Bored and Never Done

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

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: http://nancyjkelley.com/wp-content/uploads/Meeting-Summary.Final_.6.9.15-Formatted.pdf.   In addition to the numerous comments from the panel discussions …

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

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

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 …

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Biological Containment: Safety Step on the Pathway to Bioengineering Solutions

  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 …