Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology

Designing synthetic DNA molecules.
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Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology

Play the DNA factory game
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Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology

Keeping synthetic biology safe.
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Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology

Measuring gene expression in single cells.
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Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology

Optimizing gene synthesis
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Synthetic gene drives to alter animals in the wild

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George Church’s group published in eLife an article entitled “Concerning RNA-guided gene drives for the alteration of wild populations“in which they describe how CRISPR could be used to alter the genome of animals in the wild. A possible application of this approach could be to edit the genome of mosquitoes to prevent them from propagating […]

PLoS Extends Synthetic Biology Collection

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In 2012, Mark Isalan and myself compiled a list of synthetic biology papers published in PLoS ONE (See The PLOS ONE Synthetic Biology Collection: Six Years and Counting). This impressive corpus of synthetic biology papers was highlighted by PLoS in a journal-specific collection. For various reasons, the decision was made at the time to focus on […]

PLoS Launches Synthetic Biology Community

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PLoS is launching the PLoS Synthetic Biology Community (synbio.plos.org) as a hub to allow readers and authors of synthetic biology literature to gather in one place. This resource will provide informal online avenues for researcher collaboration and discussion of PLOS-published research, it will help promote the synthetic biology collection, and it will contribute to demonstrate the […]

Publishing preprint on adaptive imaging cytometry using Figshare

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Today we submitted to PLoS ONE a manuscript entitled “Adaptive imaging cytometry to estimate parameters of gene networks models in systems and synthetic biology“. The journal has a new data sharing policy that encourages authors to deposit data in a public repository. We uploaded on Figshare the raw data that did not fit in the online […]

Practicing open science by sharing large data set using Figshare

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A little over a year ago, I was suggesting that Figshare should offer some paying plans in order to allow some advanced users to upload large files that exceeded the possibilities of free plan (See Figshare: Take my data! Take my money!). I was very pleased when they announced new premium (i.e. paying) plans at the end […]

Looking for a volunteer social media guru with interests in synthetic biology

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We are looking for a volunteer interested in helping us develop the presence of our group in social media. We are looking for a combination of proven experience in social media (Twitter and Facebook) and a genuine interest for synthetic biology. This is a great opportunity to bring your social media skills to the next […]

Newsweek article about Genspace

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Newsweek published a detailed article about bio-hacking and the DIYBio movement. The article includes several paragraphs describing the work of our friends at Genspace. Read the article…

Gene Synthesis Course September 6-12, 2014

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Gene synthesis technologies are rapidly changing research paradigms in molecular biology. The purpose of this course is to provide students a practical understanding of gene synthesis so that they can make the most of it and better interact with providers of gene synthesis services. Background The development of recombinant DNA technology revolutionized biology, allowing researchers […]