Gene edited crops are GMOs: some initial thoughts on the recent court ruling

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   Yesterday (25 July), the Court of Justice of the European Union made a ruling that surprised many: organisms obtained by targeted mutagenesis techniques are considered in all aspects GM organisms and are subject

Gene edited crops are GMOs: some initial thoughts on the recent court ruling

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   Yesterday (25 July), the Court of Justice of the European Union made a ruling that surprised many: organisms obtained by targeted mutagenesis techniques are considered in all aspects GM organisms and are subject

Synthetic Biology from an editor’s perspective: Interview with Ross Cloney

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   If you submit you synthetic biology paper to Nature Communications, Ross Cloney is the person that will handle your case. After obtaining his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex and

I am known by many names, but it’s all SCRAMBLEd

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   Guest post by Thomas Clements   SCRAMBLE is a new form of directed evolution pioneered in Sc 2.0, an entirely synthetic form of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to rapidly engineer the genome. Recently, 8 new

Biosecurity: Do synthetic biologists need a licence to operate?

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000 A recent article in New York Times about DIY biology and biohacking sparked a vigorous discussion about biosecurity and regulation of synthetic biology. The article starts with the rather sensationalist title, As D.I.Y. Gene

A new synbio initiative: interview with the Synbio Canada steering committee

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000 Canada is known for several things: cold weather, Niagara Falls, kind residents, maple syrup… but a new initiative, SynBio Canada, aims to make the country a reference point in Synthetic Biology. Canada is strong

Custom-built DNA could be used as a sensor probe

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   Researchers believe that DNA – the molecule that stores information about life – could one day be used as a type of sensor, to record information based on its surroundings. Synthetic DNA (not

Making the World Go Round: Building a Circular Bioeconomy with Synthetic Biology

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000 Written by EUSynBioS steering committee members Daniel Bojar, Adam Amara and Clea Lachaux. On April 2010, the Gulf of Mexico turned black. The largest marine oil spill initiated by an explosion of methane gas

Curing the world with CRISPR: Where we are at and where we ’re headed

0000-0002-8715-2896https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   written by Thomas Clements CRISPR has been hailed as one of the most promising gene editing technologies and promises to revolutionize precision medicine and eradicate genetic diseases. However, the technique is not perfect

The role of synthetic biology as a basic research facilitator

0000-0002-8715-2896https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6828-1000   Last December, a very interesting journal article was published in Science about the reconstitution of functional plant RuBisCo in E. coli [1]. In this work, the authors expressed the plant RuBisCo complex by