Databases for Molecular Biologists

With the myriad information in today’s digital world, it can be difficult to know where to look for what you really need. Databases are “Google” for scientists, holding thousands of data for endless uses. Here, we have consolidated different scientific databases and repositories to simplify your search, so you can spend more time pioneering science.…

CRISPR-Cas9 and Optogenetics Converge

Japanese researchers led by University of Tokyo chemist Moritoshi Sato have refined the CRISPR-Cas9 method by developing a light-activated Cas9 nuclease, a technological advancement that significantly improves scientists’ ability to hone in on target genes for research. Converging these two methods brings specificity on a new level, making for increased spatial and temporal control over…

Bio-Incubator for Synthetic Biology Companies Launched at Indian Insititute of Technology-Madras

Synthetic biology is ready to start flapping its wings in southern India. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) located in Chennai has launched a bio-incubator assisted with 120 Million USD of funding from the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a body of the central government. In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in India, the central government has…

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…

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…

GetSynBio: The New Community Portal

GetSynBio is a new community portal for synthetic biology, which includes original interviews with the most interesting people in synthetic biology, as well as links to the most pertinent news stories, a huge list of related videos, an events timeline and a page publicizing the most interesting iGEM projects. Click here to visit the site.…