Posts Tagged ‘synbio’

Synthetic microbe lives with fewer than 500 genes

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Synthetic microbe lives with fewer than 500 genes from @JCVenterInst 179 of the 479 genes have unknown functions

“The microbe’s streamlined genetic structure excites evolutionary biologists and biotechnologists, who anticipate adding genes back to it one by one to study their effects. “It’s an important step to creating a living cell where the genome is fully defined,” says synthetic biologist Chris Voigt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. But Voigt and others note that this complete definition remains a ways off, because the function of 149 of Syn 3.0’s genes—roughly one-third—
remains unknown. Investigators’ first task is to probe the roles of those genes, which promise new insights into the basic biology of life.”

GM microbes created that can’t escape the lab : Nature News & Comment

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

GM microbes…that can’t escape the lab Repurposing stops to synthetic amino acids; useful for biofuels & communities

Church & Isaacs

Genomically Recoded Organisms Expand Biological Functions

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

#Genomically Recoded Organisms Expand Biological Functions: Changing UAG from stop to a new amino acid in E. coli

Marc J. Lajoie1,2,

Alexis J. Rovner3,4,

Daniel B. Goodman1,5,

Hans-Rudolf Aerni4,6,

Adrian D. Haimovich3,4,

Gleb Kuznetsov1,

Jaron A. Mercer7,

Harris H. Wang8,

Peter A. Carr9,

Joshua A. Mosberg1,2,

Nadin Rohland1,

Peter G. Schultz10,

Joseph M. Jacobson11,12,

Jesse Rinehart4,6,

George M. Church1,13,*,

Farren J. Isaacs3,4,*

BBC News: Glowing plant gets funds green light

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Glowing plant gets funds green light
A DIY project to create a glowing plant has proved a big hit on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
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Cell circuits remember their history – MIT News Office

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Could this be coupled to sequencing readout for very long term memory?

Bioengineers Make DNA Into a Living Flash Drive – IEEE Spectrum

Friday, May 25th, 2012