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BGI Research, China National GeneBank Form Synthetic Biology Alliance With Macquarie U

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — BGI Research announced today that it has established a synthetic biology research partnership with the China National GeneBank (CNGB) and Australia's Macquarie University.

CNGB is a nonprofit research organization founded by the Chinese government and Shenzhen-based BGI — the parent organization of nonprofit BGI Research — to collect genomics technologies and resources, and promote their use by the research community.

Through the five-year partnership, CNGB and BGI-Research will work with collaborators at Macquarie University on research into synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and natural product synthesis. The partners, which have been working together since 2017 as part of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project, also aim to promote investigator training, commercialize scientific research, and develop education opportunities between China and Australia.

"Macquarie University and CNGB as co-participants in the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have accumulated a profound scientific research foundation in the field of synthetic biology," Yue Shen, director of genome synthesis and editing at CNGB, said in a statement. "This will be a strong cooperation for both sides to achieve further breakthroughs in scientific industry and create opportunities for talent training."