Cambridge website for Synthetic Biology resources

www.synbio.org.uk

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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Meetings: Synthetic Biology

  • 11 May 2014
    All Day

    The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable

  • 20 Jun 2014
    20:00 to 20:00

  • 21 Jun 2014
    20:00 to 20:00

  • 03 Aug 2014
    20:00 to 20:00

    Integrative Biology-2014 is a remarkable event for scientists/experts from academia and industry nationwide to catalyze the networking between the branches of computational biology and bioinformatics and

  • 29 Aug 2014
    20:00 to 20:00

    This conference will focus on the advancement of synthetic biology, especially its application in the field of antibiotic production in filamentous fungi and actinomycete bacteria, including the implementation

  • 13 Sep 2014
    20:00 to 20:00

    This year's conference theme Systems Biology: The Fifth Element seeks to capture the multiple facets that comprise a systems understanding of life, as a single common thread that unifies seemingly different

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OpenPlant - major boost for synthetic biology

OpenPlant - major boost for synthetic biology

Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant. OpenPlant is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre on Norwich Research Park. The funding...

The entire alphabet, photographed on butterfly wings

The entire alphabet, photographed on butterfly wings

Nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has amassed a massive collection of butterfly and moth wings, capturing a host of unusual patterns. Using those patterns, he has assembled entire butterfly alphabets. The entire alphabet, photographed on butterfly wings   Read more...

The Average Length of Dissertations across Fields

The Average Length of Dissertations across Fields

How long is a doctoral dissertation? Too long—but some more than others. Marcus W. Beck, a doctoral student in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota, decided to find out. No, he didn’t write a dissertation on the subject.* But he...

Why the GMO Debate Misses the Point: Part 2

Why the GMO Debate Misses the Point: Part 2

  Washingtonians are going to the ballot box today to vote on Initiative 522, a measure that would require food producers to label genetically engineered foods. Sasha Wright, an ecologist and state native, offers her solutions to the GMO debate. This is...

GrowCube promises to grow food with ease indoors (hands-on)

GrowCube promises to grow food with ease indoors (hands-on)

Food. It's a bit of a big issue. After all, half the world doesn't have enough, and the other half has so much it doesn't really know where it comes from. Chris Beauvois, a software developer turned inventor, has created...

Geoengineering, through the eyes of the IPCC

Geoengineering, through the eyes of the IPCC

Examples of geoengineering proposals. Kathleen Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory It has been well established that our emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the Earth’s climate and that in order to avoid future warming and ocean acidification, fossil fuel use will need...

A journey to life’s beginnings

A journey to life’s beginnings

Life, biologists would tell us, is one of the last great mysteries. It is hard to define, even in an 'I know it when I see it' fashion, making it tricky to study. Yet, as I sit here at a...

Fossil insect hid by carrying a basket of trash

Fossil insect hid by carrying a basket of trash

If you travelled back to Spain, during the Cretaceous period, you might see an insect so bizarre that you’d think you were hallucinating. That’s certainly what Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente thought when he found the creature entombed in amber in...

Contest: create a new kind of science kit for kids

Contest: create a new kind of science kit for kids

Remember how much fun chemistry sets used to be before the chemicals were deemed too dangerous for household fun? The Society for Science & The Public, in collaboration with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, have launched a contest to...

Circle of Life: The Beautiful New Way to Visualize Biological Data

Circle of Life: The Beautiful New Way to Visualize Biological Data

When Martin Krzywinski took a systems administrator job at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Center, he didn't plan on becoming a pioneer of 21st century biological data visualization. Now his distinctive aesthetic is synonymous with the informational richness of our moment. Circle...

An Overview of US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Funding Programs

An Overview of US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Funding Programs

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program was officially launched in 2009 as the result of the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which was signed by President George W. Bush. Congress appropriated and President Barack Obama allocated $400 million in 2009...

3D Printer Made from E-waste in Africa

3D Printer Made from E-waste in Africa

We throw away millions of tons of e-waste every year and barely manage to recycle more than 15-20%. [Kodjo Afate Gnikou] is a 33-year old African who has just finished off a 3D printer built almost entirely out of e-waste. He...

Further evidence that nature is not the opposite of technology

Further evidence that nature is not the opposite of technology

As we move into a clean tech future, it's becoming more obvious that the old distinction between machines and nature is a false one. This sophisticated filter, made by researchers at MIT, is a perfect way to remove bacteria from...

Synthetic-biology company pushes open-source models

Synthetic-biology company pushes open-source models

Some synthetic fluorescent proteins made by DNA2.0 are now freely available to researchers. DNA2.0 Article tool When DNA2.0, a company that synthesizes made-to-order genes, needed to conduct a few routine experiments using a fluorescent protein, its lawyers dug up more than 1,000 US...

£17k Nerve KickStart challenge

 £17k Nerve KickStart challenge

Innovative global startups are being invited to tilt at a £17k prize package in the Nerve KickStart competition, run in conjunction with the Nerve conference on disruptive technology in Cambridge from June 25-27. KickStart is strictly for 'killers' - entrepreneurs whose...

Call for exhibits and experiments at GROW YOUR OWN...

Call for exhibits and experiments at GROW YOUR OWN...

GROW YOUR OWN... is a curated, open call exhibition tackling provocative questions raised by synthetic biology to be hosted at the Science Gallery, Dublin (http://sciencegallery.com), supported by the Wellcome Trust. The exhibition is curated by Professor Paul Freemont (Imperial College)...

Senior Internships for Interdisciplinary Research

Senior Internships for Interdisciplinary Research

Applications are invited for the next round of University of Cambridge / Wellcome Trust Senior Internships. The scheme is aimed at suitably qualified post-doctoral candidates with backgrounds in the physical sciences (incl. engineering, mathematics and computer sciences) who wish to gain...

Raspberry Pi Summer Internship Programme (2013)

Raspberry Pi Summer Internship Programme (2013)

We are looking for approximately ten students to take part in a range of projects that make use of the Raspberry Pi computer. A list of projects can be found below. Alternatively, if you have an interesting project idea of your...

It looks like Apple could (again) select the graphics giant Nvidia as the primary GPU provider for the upcoming Mac Pro hardware refresh. According to a mostly speculative story by MIC Gadget based on unnamed industry sources, new Mac Pros will feature Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chipset fabbed on the chip maker’s latest 22-nanometer Trigate transistor technology (no surprise there). According to Intel, 22nm Ivy Bridge silicon claims a 37 percent speed jump and lower power consumption compared to the chip giant’s 32 nanometer planar transistors. ‘Trigate’ Ivy Bridge chips can feature up to eight processing cores and are more power-savvy, so they should help scale frequency, too. On a more interesting note, MIC Gadget speculates Apple could switch back to Nvidia as the primary supplier of next-generation GPUs for the new Mac Pros.

Nvidia has their “Kepler” platform due out around the same time as Intel is making their changes, and our sources within the company indicate that they have chosen to have Nvidia lead the charge so to speak on the graphics front.

Eagle-eyed readers could mention that AMD recently released the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card powered by the Tahiti GPU (its nearest rival is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 590), with observes deeming it Apple’s go-to graphics card for future Mac Pros. Indeed, traces of support for Tahiti-driven AMD GPUs are found in Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3, at least indicating people might be able to upgrade their future Mac Pro with this card. Oh, and it’s great for Hackintosh builders, too.

Also indicative is a March 2011 Snow Leopard 10.6.7 update that enabled support for a bunch of AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5xxx and 6xxx cards, not all of which were in Macs at the time. On the other hand, a speculative switch to Nvidia would not be out of character as California-based Apple is known for frequently switching between Nvidia chips and those manufactured by rival AMD…

While the current-generation Mac Pros feature ATI’s discreet Radeon HD 5770 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory for up to five times faster standard graphics, early-2oo9 machines used Nvidia’s GeForce GT 120 chips with an optional ATI Radeon upgrade. A mid-2010 refresh dropped Nvidia entirely in favor of AMD GPUs, but no optional Nvidia upgrade was available. The return of Nvidia hardware should benefit users of heavy-duty programs like Adobe Creative Suite that supports Nvidia-accelerated graphics engine for faster processing of media assets, such as audio, images and video. CUDA, Nvidia’s computing engine used in its GPUs has direct support in select apps, but it does not system-wide in Mac OS X. Instead, Apple’s desktop operating system supports a cross-platform GPGPU standard called OpenCL that Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and ARM adopted. In case you are wondering, Mac Pros are way overdue for a refresh and were last updated on July 27, 2010 —a whopping 567 days ago.

Report: Apple to return to Nvidia for Mac Pro graphics in Nehalem update
(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

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www.marchantia.org

Online resources, including bibliography, weblinks and posters, for work with the simple plant system, Marchantia polymorpha.

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OpenLabTools: open technology in Cambridge

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The OpenLabTools Project is a new initiative for the development of low cost and open access scientific tools at the University of Cambridge. With support from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, student projects include data acquisition, sensing, actuating, processing and 3D manufacturing, see the openlabtools.org website.