synthetic genomics

Biofuels Speed Ahead

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics are moving forward with their exploration of algae-based biofuels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The computational tools will be designed to screen DNA sequences to detect biological threats that may arise from synthetic microbial manipulation.

A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The La Jolla, California-based firm is moving beyond its US home market into other regions that promise growth for synthetic genomics providers.

The New Yeast

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

To Make a Genome

The Genome Project-Write researchers are meeting again, but ScienceInsider notes that the effort is lacking funds.

The company, which is collaborating with Myeloma Crowd, will use the newly-licensed minicircle DNA technology to develop therapies for multiple myeloma.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a suite of studies from the Synthetic Yeast genome Project.

International research teams collaborated to create five fully functioning synthetic yeast chromosomes, taking them one step closer to a whole synthetic genome.

The collaborators hope initial research in canines can be a proving ground for synthetic viruses designed to kill particular tumors, perhaps even in humans.

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A new analysis examines the gender gap among paper authors in the sciences and says it may take decades or more to close.

Researchers have uncovered signals of selection that may enable the Bajau people to free five hundreds of feet deep, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: paternally inherited cis-regulatory structural variants in autism, and more.

A new report outlines issues facing the implementation of personalized medicine in the UK, the Independent reports.