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Genome-editing position statement supports continued use of CRISPR-Cas9

A group of leading UK research organisations has issued an initial joint statement in support of the continued use of CRISPR-Cas9 and other genome-editing techniques in preclinical...

Bio-based Industries announces €106M funding call

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking has published the second part of the 2015 call now focused on research and innovation actions, including demonstration actions. Deadline...

New research could help build computers from DNA

Scientists have found a way to ‘switch’ the structure of DNA using copper salts and EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) – an agent commonly found in shampoo and other household products. ...

Article in The Economist discusses potential benefits of editing human genomes

An article in The Economist , with the title "Editing humanity" discusses the opportunities (and potential risks) of CRISPR-Cas9 (or CRISPR) gene editing technology. The article...

Next Generation Expression Systems: Matching the needs of tomorrow's products. 1st October, Manchester

The Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (COEBP) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are hosting a joint meeting on 1st October 2015 at Manchester Institute of...

PhD scholarships at the interface of synthetic biology, metagenomics and bacterial evolution - Denmark

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark is advertising an opportunity for 3 PhD students to become part of the...

Synthetic biology for recycling human waste into food, nutraceuticals, and materials

NASA has recently selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America's space program, including one wth the...

GM described as 'the most critical technology' for feeding the world

A former adviser to the US Secretary of State says that genetic modification (GM) is the most critical technology in agriculture for meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global...

£6.5M for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World is a £6.5M programme funded under the AMR Cross-Council Initiative. This programme aims to address the need for a greater understanding of...

CRACK IT 2015: Up to £2m funding for the the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation that supports the UK science base through the...

Synthorx's synthetic DNA technology makes its first full-length proteins incorporating novel amino acids

Synthorx has announced it has employed its proprietary protein expression system to successfully produce proteins containing novel amino acids. Using a semi-synthetic DNA template (containing...

Catch up on the latest synthetic biology news, funding and events

The August edition of the "new look"  SynBio SIG newsletter , packed with interesting news updates, forthcoming events, and funding & competitions, is available now. You can view...

Innovate UK competition: materials for demanding environments

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore improving the performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments. This...

Arcis Biotechnology obtains amplifiable DNA from samples in just 3 minutes

Arcis Biotechnology group has developed PCRdirect ® , a fast, simple two- step protocol for multi compliant DNA amplification. Multiple sample types can be simply and rapidly...

Synthetic biologists engineer strain of yeast to produce full opiate biosynthesis from sugar

Synthetic biologists at Stanford University have engineered a strain of yeast to produce full opiate biosynthesis from sugar and have reported their success in Science (13 Aug 2015). This...

Genetically engineered microbe improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10

Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The finding of...

Scotland to ban growing of GM crops

The Scottish Government has taken the controversial decision to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland, and will be asking the EU to exclude Scotland from European...

'Futureproofing: Life' discusses synthetic biology on BBC Radio 4

FutureProofing is a new series in which presenters Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson examine the implications - social and cultural, economic and political - of the big ideas that are set to...

Synthetic biology company Synpromics secures £2.1m funding

SYNPROMICS ANNOUNCES THAT IT HAS COMPLETED A FINANCING ROUND INCLUDING £2.1M OF NEW FUNDING FROM CALCULUS CAPITAL (“CALCULUS”). THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR BUSINESS EXPANSION AND FURTHER...
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Two new funding competitions for Agriculture and Food - Invitation to Consortia Building Events

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Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results, 6-7 October 2015 in Brussels.

The ProBIO Project is holding a conference on "Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results" on...

New €106 million released by Bio-based Industries JU to research innovative ways of using renewable resources

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking has published the second part of the 2015...

Algae nutrient recycling is a triple win

Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for...

BusinessGreen Technology Awards: celebrating innovative clean technologies

BusinessGreen has announced the launch of the inaugural BusinessGreen Technology...

Next Generation Expression Systems: Matching the needs of tomorrow's products. 1st October, Manchester

The Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (COEBP) and the Knowledge Transfer Network...