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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity publishes new report on synthetic biology

A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity discusses the potential for synthetic biology to have both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and looks...

Communicating the Bioeconomy

The three UK Bioscience Leadership Councils - Industrial Biotechnology (IBLF), Agri-Tech (ATLF), and Synthetic Biology (SBLC) - have prepared a a series of infographics on ‘ ...

Innovate UK competition & supporting workshops: management and use of biofilms

Innovate UK  and the  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)  are to invest in  Feasibility Studies  to support the  management and use of...

Johns Hopkins University launches an online course on SynBio, bioethics and public policy

About the Course Synbio is a diverse field with diverse applications, and the different contexts (e.g., gain-of-function research, biofuels) raise different ethical and governance...

Breakthrough in synthetic pathway for biosynthesis of the gas propane

Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This...

Using synthetic biology to produce millions of litres of juice from 1 grapefruit

The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) has used synthetic biology for the ecofriendly production of a natural compound. The challenge for biotechnologists Tamara Wriessnegger...

Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference, Sheffield, 18-19 May: registration closes 24th April

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre is holding its first international conference on 18th/19th May 2015.  We have a fantastic line up of expert speakers who are leaders in their fields...

Fluorescent beacon signals dwindling resources in biological devices

A team at Imperial College London has developed a fluroescent capacity moniotor that  dims in response to a drain on the resources needed to power the parts of a biological device. This...

UK Algae Mission to the USA highlights opportunities arising from algal synthetic biology

Brenda Parker, of University College London, and co-founder of Phytofutures (a spin out company developing algal bioremediation), has posted an interesting article on synbiobeta.com about the...

Catch up with the latest Industrial Biotechnology news - IBLF Newsletter available now

The latest edition of the IBLF Newsletter is now available for download.  The newsletter features a report on the successful IB Showcase event held in February, and a new...

Save the Date for Innovate UK 2015 – 9th & 10th November

The global spotlight on UK innovation is back and will take place at Old Billingsgate, London on 9 th and 10 th November. Supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and hosted by...

Could your technology potentially replace, reduce or refine the use of animals? Briefing webinar now available.

We are to invest up to £6 million in collaborative R&D projects that support the development and application of non-animal technologies in the UK. Innovate UK, the  National Centre...

Two business development manager positions open at Biocatalysts Ltd

Biocatalysts Ltd is a rapidly expanding company that delivers world-class customer service, and is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist enzyme products and enzyme manufacturing....

Job opportunities at Biosyntha

BioSyntha is an industrial biotechnology company developing novel bio-routes for the production of renewable chemicals from C1 feedstocks. We combine our expertise in strain development and...

Chain Biotech seeks microbial strain development scientists

MICROBIAL STRAIN DEVELOPMENT SCIENTIST – Imperial College, London CHAIN  Biotech is an early stage industrial Biotechnology Company deploying advanced molecular biology tools for...

Report identifies opportunities for scaling up industrial biotechnology and bioenergy

A new study identifying opportunities for investment in UK scale up facilities in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy was published last week. The study documents major investment...

Biotechnology YES competition is open for applications until 29th May 2015

Biotechnology YES , now in its 20th year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded...

£25.7m investment in biology “research powerhouse” at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has received a £25.7m funding boost from the UK Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund to help it establish world-leading laboratory facilities for biological...

How good practice in design and data visualisation can support innovation

The use of data is becoming increasingly important to innovators across the KTN. High performance computing, cloud computing and network connectivity has facilitated public and commercially...

Forthcoming competition: The management and use of Biofilms

Innovate UK BBSRC are jointly funding a new competition to address the opportunities and challenges of biofilms.  Launched 15 June, consortia building workshops are being held in May to...
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Catch up on the latest Synthetic Biology news, events and funding calls

The Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group ( SynBio SIG ) have just published the latest edition of their newsletter, packed with interesting news updates, forthcoming events, and funding...

Reducing GM crop contamination risks by turning cross-pollinators into self-pollinators

Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph...

Business Secretary announces £40M for UK synthetic biology

British ingenuity is using synthetic biology to investigate bacteria in place of fossil fuels as a source of the chemicals we need to make everyday essentials like nappies and credit cards ...

Scientists hope to ensure safe containment of GMOs by recoding them to depend on synthetic amino acids

Scientists in the US have reported on new research with the potential to prevent the accidental spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment. A team led by Prof...

Solazyme wins Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its tailored oils produced from microalgal fermentation

Solazyme, Inc ., has won a 2014   Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways for its tailored oils produced from microalgal fermentation. According...

BBSRC publishes position statement on new crop breeding tools

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has published a position statement on new and emerging techniques for crop improvement. These novel techniques, which can...

Exciting job opportunities at the new Synthetic Biology Research Centre, Nottingham

CALLING - Biologists – Chemists – Mathematicians – Computer & Social Scientists. Be part of one of the largest and most dynamic synthetic biology research teams in the UK. ...

Exciting job opportunities at the new Synthetic Biology Research Centre, Nottingham

CALLING - Biologists – Chemists – Mathematicians – Computer & Social Scientists. Be part of one of the largest and most dynamic synthetic biology research teams in the UK. ...

Review finds no sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed

A newly published review of the prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered (GE) feedstuffs on livestock populations has concluded that there are no signs of health or nutrition problems as...

First large-scale shipments of antimalarial medicines produced with semisynthetic artemisinin signal new era of lifesaving drugs

The first large-scale batches of antimalarial treatments manufactured with a new semisynthetic artemisinin derivative have been delivered to malaria-endemic countries in Africa. Over 1.7...