Cambridge website for Synthetic Biology resources

Compiled by Jim Haseloff at the University of Cambridge. SpannerPlantLogo140This site contains details of recent papers and activity in Synthetic Biology, with particular emphasis on: (i) development of standards in biology and DNA parts, (ii) microbial and (iii) plant systems, (iv) research and teaching in the field at the University of Cambridge, (v) hardware for scientific computing and instrumentation, (vi) tools for scientific productivity and collected miscellany.

Similar to the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi and OpenLabTools initiatives, we promote the use of low cost and open source tools - in our case for use in biological engineering.

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Synthetic Biology worth $4.5B by 2015

GIA announces the release of a global market report on Synthetic Biology. Global Synthetic biology market is projected to exceed $4.5 billion by the year 2015. Synthetic biology is expected to provide major advances in the areas of biomedicine, biopharmaceuticals synthesis, biosecurity, energy and environment, sustainable chemical segment, and biomaterials/smart materials production. Significant investments are expected in the synthetic biology field.

San Jose, CA (Vocus) July 13, 2010 -- Synthetic biology is an emerging technology, which enables the creation of organisms from a genetic code that is not found in the natural world. The new biological research area integrates sciencewith engineering for designing and building novel biological entities, including cells, genetic circuits and enzymes, or for redesigning active biological systems and living organisms, such as bacteria.

Synthetic Biology is gaining tremendous recognition as a transformative technology that not just has the capability to address food shortage and security issues but also tackle other threats such as climate change, water deficit and energy shortages. The market would be driven by growing popularity of synthetic biology in the areas of energy and chemicals, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and other potential applications.

Scotland and the UK have made significant strides in the field of synthetic biology, as stated by a new report on Synthetic Biology. However, of late, the market has seen the emergence of several European and Far East countries. Synthetic biology is also gaining popularity in Japan and China. In terms of research, most of the research in synthetic biology is being pioneered by the US groups; however, a few UK universities (including Cambridge and Imperial College) are also engaged in the work. The research community in Europe is relatively slower in embracing the field. Nevertheless, the EU community possesses enormous expertise that can be tapped in order to develop a European synthetic biology programme. Scotland’s £2.5 million worth Genome Segment Assembly (GSA)programme, expected to offer tremendous opportunity to the country for gaining competitive advantage in the synthetic biology market.

Key players analyzed include Amyris Biotechnologies Inc., ATG Biosynthetics GmbH, Blue Heron Biotechnology, Inc., Chromatin Inc., DNA2.0, febit Synbio GmbH, GENEART AG, GenScript USA, Inc., Gevo Inc., LS9 Inc., Solazyme Inc., Sloning BioTechnology GmbH, Synthetic Genomics Inc., Verdezyne Inc.

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European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS)

EUSynBioSprelimLogo240The European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS) invites you to join its pre-launch community. The EUSynBioS initiative seeks to shape and foster a network of young researchers active the nascent scientific discipline of synthetic biology within the European Union by means of providing an integrative central resource for interaction and professional development.

Key objectives of EUSynBioS include i) the implementation of a central web platform for sharing news and opportunities relevant to members of the community as well as for academic networking, ii) the arrangement and support of events for academic exchange and professional development, iii) liaison with representatives of industry, and iv) establishment of a primary contact for collaboration and exchange with related communities of synthetic biology students and postdocs abroad.

Registering as a member is free and can be completed within 30 seconds via the following link Students and postdocs who register as a EUSynBioS member will be able to:
o Access a large network of young researchers in synthetic biology for academic collaboration and exchange
o Share technical resources and teaching materials
o Stay informed about relevant events such as conferences, workshops, or social outings o Browse relevant jobs in academia and industry
o Use site visits and mentoring opportunities to interact with prospective employers
o Connect with members of related communities all over the world

By registering as a member prior to the official launch of EUSynBioS, you will not only make a statement of support which will have an impact on the resources available to the community in the future; you will also be given the chance to actively shape EUSynBioS right from the start, and have an edge when applying for a position on the Steering Committee. We are looking forward to your joining us ! Christian Boehm, University of Cambridge.