From Synthetic Genomes to Designer Vaccines | PLOS Synthetic Biology Community

0000-0002-8715-2896 From Synthetic Genomes to Designer Vaccines   Posted February 5, 2018 by post-info Guest post by Markus Schmidt In 2010 scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) announced the creation of the first

Engineered bacteria to detect gut inflammation

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0003-0319-5416 I wrote about engineered probiotics at the beginning of 2017, and the field continued throughout 2017 with more papers and startup news using engineered bacteria in the gut. For instance, one paper used engineered

Synthetic Biology: Step by Step Towards its Democratization

0000-0002-8715-2896 An interview with Julie Legault: Founder and CEO or Amino Labs Inc.   As an enthusiast and synthetic biology practitioner, what attracts me most of our field is how fast is spreading and how

Food Evolution documentary looks at science, money, and fake news around GMOs

0000-0003-0319-5416 Food Evolution aims to take a look at the science underlying the heated rhetoric of the GMO debate. Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson and on-camera experts walk through the major claims

Synbio Newsreel, March/April 2017 | GeneMods

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0003-0319-5416 The Synbio Newsreel is guest contributed by Isaac Larkin from the Northwestern University synthetic biology club called GeneMods.  This post can be originally found as part of their monthly SynBio Newsreel and you can follow them at @Genemods.

Sensitive CRISPR diagnostics using RNA targeting CRISPR enzyme

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0003-0319-5416 I was recently involved in a collaboration between the Zhang and Collins labs at MIT to use the RNA-targeting CRISPR protein Cas13a/C2c2 to detect either DNA or RNA from pathogens. By combining the use of Cas13a/C2c2

Directed evolution in synthetic biology: an interview with Professor Frances Arnold

  At the beginning of my scientific career, I was captivated by the ability of organic chemists to synthesize molecules.  I soon realised, however, that the effort involved was often incredible, especially when you wanted

Engineering a Solution to Cancer

Catholic Laneby Steven Burgess I was stunned when I entered the hospice room. A shriveled, elderly woman sat in the corner, her tiny frame emphasized by the oversize chair that held her. It was hard to

Controlling the transmission of Zika and other mosquitoe-borne diseases by using genetically engineered mosquitoes

Captureby Gaetan Burgio In the past few weeks, Zika virus infection has become headline news and on February 1st, it was declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation,

How Synthetic Biology Will Solve Biological Mysteries and Make Humans Safer in Space by Lucas Hartsough

261578main_47_FirstAmerican_1024-7681-690x320The release of the hit movie The Martian highlighted the diverse engineering challenges in visiting the distant surface of another world. More recently, the historic landing of SpaceX’s Falcon first stage gives hope that access