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The Synthetic Way

Synthetic life with extra bases might not only provide new drugs, but also a view into other ways life could evolve, Technology Review reports.

MIT researchers have developed genetic parts that can be used to program gene expression in the commensal gut bacterium Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron.

The funding will support the creation ofAlberta's first synthetic biology maker space at the University of Lethbridge. 

The new 8,000-square-foot building will support oligonucleotide manufacturing for molecular biology applications such as qPCR, next-generation sequencing, and synthetic biology.

Genome Compiler will incorporate Addgene's plasmid library into its design software and collaboration platform for synthetic biology.

The investment from the UK will create an integrated biology research complex with lab space for 350 researchers and establish the Centre for Tissue Repair.

The method could speed up work on synthetic gene circuits and help make gene cloning easier throughout molecular biology.

The companies have signed an agreement to integrate Amyris lab services with Genome Compiler's synthetic biology software

The FoldIt creators have a new citizen science game for synthetic biology, says Carolyn Graybeal at the Citizen Science Salon.


Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.