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Synbio news • 01/27/16 MIT Hosting Third Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop

The Synthetic Biology Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hosting its Third International Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop in May, which will feature keynote talks by Profs. Shelley Berger and Irving Weissman.

 

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Project news • 12/02/15New Algae Research Could Address Climate Change and Food Security Challenges

With all eyes on the United Nation climate talks in Paris, one synthetic biology-based solution to climate change could be sitting in a nearby pond.

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Project news • 11/12/15The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Biology: A Look at the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS)

In a new documnentary, the Synthetic Biology Project explores the growth of do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) as seen through the BUGSS community lab in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Synbio news • 08/10/15 SynBioBeta Slated for November in San Francisco

Startups, entrepreneurs, investors and others will convene Nov. 4-6 in San Francisco for the SynBioBeta 2015 conference to discuss the latest developments in synthetic biology. More information can be found here.

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Synbio news • 07/14/15 "Engineering Biology" Meeting Focuses on Potential of Synthetic Biology

The Engineering Biology meeting, held in New York in April 2015, focused on the steps needed to ensure the full potential of synthetic biology. Videos presentations, articles and an executive summary can be found here.

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Synbio news • 07/10/15 U.S. to Review Agricultural Biotech Regulations

Science magazine talks to Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project about White House plans to update the framework surrounding biotechnology.

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Project news • 07/02/15Synthetic Biology Project Comments on White House Plan to Update Coordinated Framework

The Synthetic Biology Project supports White House plans to modernize the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology to address emerging technologies like synthetic biology.

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Project news • 05/21/15Public Reaction Mixed on New Technology to Edit DNA, But Caution Urged for Researchers

Respondents to national online poll from the Synthetic Biology Project are uncertain about potential of gene-editing technology, but a majority support a ban on human-based research.

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Project news • 04/29/15New Inventory Tracks Growth of Synthetic Biology Products and Applications

The Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project today has developed a first-of-its-kind inventory to track products and applications using the emerging technology of synthetic biology.

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Project news • 03/26/15 Scientific American Op-ed Looks at "Genetic Determinism"

In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Projects and Jim Dratwa explore the limits of what DNA can tell us.

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Synbio news • 01/28/15 LEAP Announces 2015 Fellows

The Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (SynBio LEAP) has awarded 23 fellowships to a wide variety of professionals to explore the future of synthetic biology. The fellows will convene their first meeting in early February, hosted by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center.

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Project news • 10/29/14PLOS Looks at the Importance of Synthetic Biology Communication

David Shifrin of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) speaks with David Rejeski about the importance of properly communicating synthetic biology concepts.

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Project news • 07/18/14“Gene Drives” Offer Potential Benefits, But Raise Regulatory and Ecological Questions

A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.”

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