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What is synthetic biology?


Imperial College iGEM team documentary (50 min)

E. chromi

Recent/Upcoming Meetings

New Topics

Synthetic Biology Part II

Algae/Biofuels (aurko)
DNA computation/fabrication (Tyler)
Spider goats
CRISPR genome editing (Ben)
gas vesicles
dental probiotics (Al)
mussel protein bioadhesive (Neil)
metabolic engineering
molecular gastronomy
lab grown meat/organs
cell printing/scaffolding (Evan)
genetic circuits

In vitro Biology

Validation of an entirely in vitro approach for rapid prototyping of DNA regulatory elements for synthetic biology[1]

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    Using cell-free extracts of E. coli to eliminate transformation/selection/culturing/purification steps when testing new DNA parts and genetic circuits. Additionally, In vitro performance of the tested parts had a clear correlation to in vivo performance.

Algal biofuels

DNA computation / nanomachines

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    Programmable single-cell mammalian biocomputers

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    DNA origami to design functional structures

All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

Spider Goats

"Spider Goats" - synthetic silk production. Video -

Pathogen synthesis

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    Polio virus

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    AIrborne H5N1

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    AIrborne H5N1

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Airborne H5N1 publication debate

Riboswitches / Aptamer Biosensors

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    DNT/TNT riboswitch

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    TNT aptamer

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    Cocaine aptamer biosensor

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    Cocaine aptamer biosensor, next iteration

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Gene Therapy

Spermless Mosquitos Mate without Offspring

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Mussel bioadhesives

Dental Probiotics

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    Genetically modified Streptococcus mutans for the prevention of dental caries


Asilomar:This likely fits into some ethics section. But would be useful to get a nice, reasonably detailed overview of this conference. It is referenced often in synthetic biology circles as a model for public disclosure and internal consistency within a field. Would be nice to understand where/how the analogy fits and maybe where it doesn't?


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    Preparing synthetic biology for the world

CRISPR Genome Editing

Papers described here

Gas Vesicles

Would be a new topic no one has chosen before.

Topic Updates


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    Refactoring Nitrogen fixation gene cluster

Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction

Genetic Circuits

Stuff like oscillators,double negative genetic circuits, etc.




Other synthetic biology courses

Notable iGEM Projects

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