Meet the Mighty Mussel

Mussels are delicious for lunch but when else can they do? MIT researchers led by Timothy Lu, as associate professor of biological engineering and EECS (electrical engineering and computer science), have created a way to develop waterproof adhesives stronger than anything found in nature. Previously, bacteria have been engineered to produce mussel foot proteins. Lu…

Leading Scientists Address Congress on Future of Synthetic Biology

Dr. Karmella Haynes, an assistant professor from Arizona State University, was among a small group of scientists who addressed a recent Congressional hearing about the emerging field of Synthetic Biology. In the Haynes Lab at the ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Dr. Haynes is currently involved in synthetic biology research in the hopes of…

Genetic BFF's

Everyone has that one person with whom they share an indescribable bond of inside jokes, nicknames and traditions. This is your best friend, your crutch, and most importantly your “person”. Have you ever wondered why your friends are your friends? Nicholas Christakis states, “We prefer the company of people we resemble”. However, a recent study…

Onwards to the Bioeconomy

Big news from the world of synthetic biology! Pareto, an industry leader in molecular and enzyme design, has just partnered with DNA2.0, Inc., a well-known DNA synthesis and optimization company. Pereto hopes to accelerate the speed of protein design and synthesis using DNA 2.0’s proven engineering capacity.  The amalgamation of two major players with widely…

Vegans, Eat More Cheese

The art of creating cheese is a tale as old as time, dating back thousands of years. This tradition is changing because of a team of citizen scientists, bio-hackers, biotech-engineers, and computer scientists from the Bay area in San Francisco. According to the video and USA TODAY, 60% of adults are considered lactose intolerant. These…

A Worldwide Laboratory

A major stumbling block to the amateur or professional scientist is the lack of complex, expensive equipment with which to conduct experiments. Emerald Therapeutics aims to solve this issue with its new division, Emerald Cloud Lab. The company aims to democratize scientific experimentation by allowing scientists to design, conduct, and analyse experiments and experimental data…

CRISPR CasMINE

Imagine if somebody patented the book. Or a nut-and-bolt. This is how Tony Fong of Genome Web Daily news would compare the patenting the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, recently awarded to the Broad Institute. In the same way that any modern mechanics would be impossible without the use of basic tools, the future of cost-effective…

Debugging Complex Synthetic Biology Work has Never Been Easier

Simplifying Synthetic Biology: The Compilation Design Rules Engine Genome Compiler’s new Compilation Design Rules Engine ensures users that their synthetic biology projects follow nature’s engineering constraints as well specific rules from the industry’s most prominent synthesizers. Also look forward for future releases to establish your own design constraints as well. Debugging complex synthetic biology work has…

CRISPR engulfed in Intellectual Property debacle. What will this fight mean for the future of Synbio?

The United Kingdom’s Independent has released details of a debate amongst the originators of the CRISPR method of genome engineering continuing to rage this May. This battle for the monetary spoils of such a tremendous scientific advancement has gripped former colleagues at premier institutions on two continents. As the French team of Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier…

The Next Step in Synthetic Biology? New Artificial Nuelotides can Change the Basics

This week, the synthetic biology community is excited to add two new materials to its genetic toolbox. Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute of La Jolla, California have announced the successful synthesis of two entirely synthetic nucleobases with the ability of incorporating the new proteins into the DNA of E. Coli bacteria. These breakthrough findings…

What 80 Biologists Working on the First Synthetic Yeast Chromosome Wish they had

With the most recent triumph of developing the world’s first completely synthetic eukaryotic chromosome under the leadership of Dr. Jef Boeke’s Johns Hopkins lab it is clear that ambitions within the field of Synthetic Biology are growing larger every day. With these incredible undertakings come larger sequences, and with these larger sequences come larger teams…