Category Archives: Synthetic Biology

New version of libRoadRunner Released 1.0.1

A new version of libroadrunner has just been released. Details are given below. Of particular interest to windows users is the availability of a new windows installer which installs everything you need to run libroadrunner, even if you haven’t got … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology: It’s an analog world

I significant paper on synthetic biology got published this week by an innovative group from MIT (Daniel et al). Read our News and Views article that discusses the importance of the paper.

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Electronic Gene Circuit

The figure below shows a single unit from the Microryza gene network circuit project. The circuit models a transcription factor that acts as a repressor. The output from the circuit is the level of protein which can be fed into … Continue reading

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Did Venter Create Life?

Perhaps a bit late but the topic of whether Venter actually created new life came up again in a recent workshop I was at, the conclusion: No So what did he do? By analogy what he did was akin to … Continue reading

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Genetic XOR Circuit

The synthetic biology community has implemented many logic gates in vivo using various genetic components. Two less common gates are the XOR and XNOR functions. The truth table for the XOR function is shown below: The XOR function operates such … Continue reading

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Teaching Teachers about Synthetic Biology

Natalie Kuldell is an accomplished instructor at MIT where she teaches biological engineering, including synthetic biology and design. She has also recently set up the BioBuilder web site which is geared towards providing educational and other resources for the synthetic … Continue reading

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Crowd Funding: Microryza

There is a new crowd funding site has just started that specializes in funding research. Called Microryza, the organization aims to focus on funding risky research projects or educational outreach efforts. Yours truly submitted one of the first projects (no affiliation to the … Continue reading

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Tenure Track Position – Synthetic Biology

Tenure Track Position in Synthetic Biology at UW 21th February 2012 The University of Washington Department of Bioengineering Invites Applications for Tenure Track Position in Synthetic Biology The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for … Continue reading

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UW wins grand iGEM prize

Congratulations to the University of Washington team who this week won the grand prize at the international synthetic biology iGEM competition! For details their work on biofuels and a gluten eating enzyme see their web site at: http://2011.igem.org/Team:Washington

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Standards in Synthetic Biology: Part 2

The Synthetic Biology Open Language – SBOL I am pleased to announce the release of the draft specification of SBOL 1.0. The current draft defines a standard way to describe in a hierarchical manner a DNA strand and associated information. Once the draft is finalized in … Continue reading

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