Synbio News • 04/24/14
EU Launches Strategic Vision for Synthetic Biology
The European Research Area Network for the development and coordination of synthetic biology in Europe has released a new report outlining the challenges and opportunities for the technology over the next decade. The document is expected to inform funding and policy decisions. ERASynBio
Synbio News • 03/31/14
Scientists Announce First Synthetic Chromosome
In a new paper published in Science, researchers at Johns Hopkins University announce their creation of the first-ever synthetic chromosome, which many see as a landmark step in the field of synthetic biology. Science
Synbio News • 10/18/13
Scientists Recode Genome to Boost Virus Resistance
In a potentially far-reaching breakthrough, Yale and Harvard scientists have recoded a genome to improve its resistance to viruses, according to a new paper published in Science. Science Magazine
Synbio News • 08/05/13
Kickstarter Bans Genetically Modified Rewards for Future Projects
Following the success of the Glowing Plant Project, crowdfunding site Kickstarter has quietly changed its guidelines to block future projects from giving genetically modified premiums to backers. The Verge
Synbio News • 07/31/13
New DNA Barcoding Project Looks to Help Identify Alaskan Plants
The GenSpace Community Lab is crowdsourcing funding for a new “DNA Barcoding” project that would allow citizen scientists to identify species of Alaskan plants with only a small sample and at a low cost. Microryza
Synbio News • 07/02/13
Father’s Genetic Quest Pays Off
In a story showing how scientists can make important breakthroughs outside the tradition research avenues, Nature speaks with biotech entrepreneur Hugh Rienhoff about how he used genome sequencing on second-hand equipment to identify a mutation that could be causing his daughter’s health issues. Nature
Project News • 06/10/13
MIT and Wilson Center Receive NSF Grant to Develop Synthetic Biology Research Agenda
The MIT Center for International Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are collaborating on a $233,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help realize potential benefits and address potential ecological effects of synthetic biology.
Project News • 01/23/13
Policy Brief Looks at Bio-Economy Governance
A new policy brief from the Wilson Center looks at a host of challenges unique to the growing bio-economy.
Project News • 01/17/13
Questions about Biosafety? Ask a Biosafety Expert!
The Synthetic Biology Project and DIYbio.org have launched a new website to provide free and timely safety advice to Do-It-Yourself biologists.
Synbio News • 01/04/13
Budget Deal Extends Biofuels Tax Credit to Algae Producers
Congress’ Jan. 1 budget deal expands the definition of “cellulosic biofuel” to include for the first time microalgae- and cyanobacteria-based biofuels in the Cellulosic Biofuel Producers Tax Credit, which some analysts say could lead to “regulatory parity” for other tax credits. Seeking Alpha
Project News • 03/13/12
The Societal Impacts of Synthetic Biology
A new online survey seeks public opinion about the most pressing ethical, legal, and social implications of synthetic biology.
Project News • 06/29/10
Responsible Science for Do-It-Yourself Biologists
The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center is partnering with DIYbio.org, on a project to ensure safety within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists.
Project News • 06/07/10
Government Funding for Synthetic Biology on the Rise
The Synthetic Biology Project found that the U.S. government has spent around $430 million on research related to synthetic biology since 2005, funded in large part by the Department of Energy.
Project News • 09/22/09
Synthetic Biology Project Receives Two National Science Foundation Grants
The Synthetic Biology project recently received two grants from the National Science Foundation to support a Transatlantic Exploratory Workshop on the Implications of Cutting-Edge Biotechnologies for Sustainability Science and Policy, and research on the use of on-line prediction markets to explore emerging issues in synthetic biology.
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