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== Article for ASM's "Microbe" magazine ==
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*'''[[User:Rshetty|Reshma]] 23:50, 26 April 2007 (EDT)''': Thinking about a new layout for the syntheticbiology.org site based on a conversation with Randy and Austin.  Perhaps something like below.  What do people think?  Still some things missing including possibly the following (please add/subtract from the list)
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*# SB efforts in the EU
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*# artemisinin project
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*# Microsoft funding program
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*#Others?
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I'm writing a Feature article on synthetic biology for the American Society of Microbiology's "Microbe" magazine. I'd love some comments from hands-on scientists, so if you would be so kind please leave them on my page (I'm feeling smarter already) or <mstone99@verizon.net> You can check ASM outat <www.asm.org> and me at <www.mstoneworks.net> Thanks in advance for your help.
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*'''[[User:Sroosth|Sophia]] 18:22, 12 July 2007 (EDT)''': Does anyone remember who coined the phrase "Making life better, one part at a time"?  I'd like to give credit....  And someone pointed out to me in conversation that it recalls DuPont's "Better Living Through Chemistry" and GE's "We Bring Good Things to Life."
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**'''[[User:Austin J. Che|Austin Che]] 10:51, 16 July 2007 (EDT)''': I'm pretty sure I did.
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Marcy Stone
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<wikionly>
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Go to [http://syntheticbiology.org/ http://syntheticbiology.org/]
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</wikionly>
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'''<big>Synthetic Biology</big> is '''<br>
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'''A) the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and'''<br>
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'''B) the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes.'''
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<small>([[Biología Sintética|<font color="white">Español</font>]])</small>
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<div>[[Image:Cells-to-gears-big.png|750px|Synthetic Biology Logo]]</div>
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{{Synthetic biology top}}
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<h3>Community news</h3>
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*'''[http://igem2007.com Registration for iGEM 2007] closes April 30.'''
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*A [[iGEM:China workshop| workshop in synthetic biology]] is being held in China on April 16-17, 2007.
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*Arti Rai & James Boyle of Duke Law [http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050058 discuss tensions] between intellectual property rights and public domain in synthetic biology
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*[http://www.bio-era.net/be_index.html Bio-era] releases [http://bio-era.net/research/GenomePurchaseForm.html Genome Synthesis and Design Futures] report. (free pdf - reg req'd) 
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*Synthetic Biology [http://www.chalmers.se/biocenter/EN/Calendar/biocenter-events8957/functional-genomics6165/functional-genomics-4284/1st-announcement workshop], 27-8 Aug 2007, Chalmers Biocenter, Göteborg University, Sweden
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*NCCUSA Biotechnology and National Security [http://www.ncccusa.org/news/nationalsecurityresolution.html declaration].
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*US [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/02/20070207-2.html HSPD-18]. Guidance on openness and international transparency in biodefense work still needed.
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* 02/07/07 [http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/104/6/1741 PNAS paper, Synthetic ecology, A model system for cooperation]
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*BP announces support for [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/02/01/MNGM8NSSDP1.DTL&type=printable  Energy Biosciences Institute]
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==syntheticbiology.org layout==
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*'''[[User:Rshetty|RS]] 17:08, 26 February 2006 (EST)''': Based on the comments of a couple of people, the pages of the synthetic biology site appear to be pretty hard to navigate for people and they have a hard time keeping track of all the pages there are in the syntheticbiology.org site.  It is a bit overwhelming for them and a lot of the discussions aren't intelligible to those who haven't participated directly in the discussions.  We might want to think about how we can make the site more useful to the community (as far as organization goes) as well as retain its utility as a forum for brainstorming ideas.  Perhaps we need more paragraph-style explanations about key pages.
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<small>[[Synthetic Biology:News | Community news archive]]</small>
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==New syntheticbiology.org design==
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* The script now caches files. It may or may not be faster. The current cache file lifetime is 1 day so don't be surprised if syntheticbiology.org doesn't update immediately after wiki changes. If you want to force the clearing of the cache go to [http://syntheticbiology.org/x http://syntheticbiology.org/x] or any other edit page (by adding the x to end of any url)
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* syntheticbiology.org now grabs pages from the wiki and de-wikifies them. Any page beginning with Synthetic_Biology: will be considered a page for syntheticbiology to serve as a pseudo-static page. [[User:Austin|Austin]] 16:28, 15 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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|'''The [http://parts.mit.edu Registry of Standard Biological Parts] is a collection of standard biological parts or sequences of DNA with specified function.  These parts can be physically composed to construct synthetic biological systems.  The Registry maintains functional information on each part as well as a physical copy.'''
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**Hey Austin, do you think you could post your code for this hack and simple usage intructions. If not, could you send it to me, and I will post it up. A third option would be to start a company and sell itEither way, I think a lot of people think this is really cool, and could be a great tool others to take advantage of (including me!)--[[User:Skosuri|Sri Kosuri]] 20:39, 15 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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|'''[http://igem2006.com iGEM] is the international genetically engineered machines competitionThe objective of the competition is to design and build an engineered biological system using DNA.  Systems will be constructed from [http://parts.mit.edu standard biological parts]You can read more about the competition [http://igem2007.com here] or at the [http://parts.mit.edu/igem official iGEM wiki].'''
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** Ok, fine. I cleaned up the code a bit and moved everything I thought was specific to synthetic biology to globals at the top. Download [http://austin.che.name/synbio/dewikify.txt dewikify] perl script. I'm not sure where else you want/could use it.
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|'''[[The BioBricks Foundation]] (BBF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by engineers and scientists from MIT, Harvard, and UCSF with significant experience in both non-profit and commercial biotechnology research. BBF encourages the development and responsible use of technologies based on BioBrick&trade; standard DNA parts that encode basic biological functions.'''
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* Add a single character 'x' to the end of any url under syntheticbiology.org and you'll automatically be brought to the edit page under openwetware. [[User:Austin|Austin]] 18:04, 15 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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|'''The [http://synberc.org Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center] (SynBERC) is a multi-institution research effort to lay the foundation for synthetic biology, which aims to build biological components and assemble them into integrated systems to accomplish specific tasks.
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* I decided to redesign the Synthetic Biology page. Mostly the content is the same but I tried to add some updates as appropriate.
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|'''The [http://www.ibeweb.org/index.cgi Institute of Biological Engineering] (IBE) is a professional organization which encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering in the broadest and most liberal manner and promote the professional development of its members.'''
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To do list: 
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{{Synthetic biology bottom}}
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#Austin has several documents linked off his homepage.  The relevant ones should also be linked to the [[Synthetic Biology:Documents | Documents]] page as well.  I did it for a few of them, but there are more to be linked.
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#Anyone know if it is okay to use the cells to gears logo on this page?  Since it is used for the Registry, I assumed it would be okay to use it here as well but I could be wrong.
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#If anyone knows how to rescale the cells to gears logo to be wider so that the text boxes can be wider as well, please do so.  Or alternatively, is there a wider version available?  Right now, the cells to gears picture is 582px but probably everything should be at least as wide as the [[Main Page | OpenWetWare Main Page]] i.e. 752px? 
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#*Change everything to ~700px --[[User:Skosuri|Sri Kosuri]] 13:41, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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#I just revised this page together using ideas from some of [[User:Jennyn | Jenny's]] pages and the color scheme of the parts registry.  If someone has a better layout or color scheme etc., feel free to change it again.
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#*I think it looks really great! --[[User:Skosuri|Sri Kosuri]] 13:41, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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#There were a lot of articles written in the press that talk about Synthetic Biology, Drew, Tom, BioBricks, the classes and competitions etc.  It might be nice if there were a centralized place for links to these.  This is the motivation for the [[Synthetic Biology:Press| Press]] page.
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#*Also a great idea --[[User:Skosuri|Sri Kosuri]] 13:41, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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#Add a [[Synthetic Biology:People | People]] page in light of the fact that not everyone in the listed labs does Synthetic Biology.
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#Any other useful content to be added?
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#*We need to add some info. about who we are.  I started a "who we are" page.  When this page is a little more polished it might be moved somewhere more appropriate.  MITSBWG might want to think more generally about who we are and how we describe ourselves.  (New page looks great)--[[User:Bcanton|BC]] 15:28, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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--[[User:Rshetty|Reshma]] 12:44, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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#These are great changes but...
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##I think that we need to re-shuffle the ordering/presentation of the content on the front page so that it's more catchy.  I was thinking that the community news stuff should go up top, followed by what's now there, but I'm not sure... [[User:Endy|Endy]] 03:09, 15 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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Current revision

  • Reshma 23:50, 26 April 2007 (EDT): Thinking about a new layout for the syntheticbiology.org site based on a conversation with Randy and Austin. Perhaps something like below. What do people think? Still some things missing including possibly the following (please add/subtract from the list)
    1. SB efforts in the EU
    2. artemisinin project
    3. BP project?
    4. Microsoft funding program
    5. Others?
  • Sophia 18:22, 12 July 2007 (EDT): Does anyone remember who coined the phrase "Making life better, one part at a time"? I'd like to give credit.... And someone pointed out to me in conversation that it recalls DuPont's "Better Living Through Chemistry" and GE's "We Bring Good Things to Life."
    • Austin Che 10:51, 16 July 2007 (EDT): I'm pretty sure I did.


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Synthetic Biology is
A) the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and
B) the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes.

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The Registry of Standard Biological Parts is a collection of standard biological parts or sequences of DNA with specified function. These parts can be physically composed to construct synthetic biological systems. The Registry maintains functional information on each part as well as a physical copy.
iGEM is the international genetically engineered machines competition. The objective of the competition is to design and build an engineered biological system using DNA. Systems will be constructed from standard biological parts. You can read more about the competition here or at the official iGEM wiki.
The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by engineers and scientists from MIT, Harvard, and UCSF with significant experience in both non-profit and commercial biotechnology research. BBF encourages the development and responsible use of technologies based on BioBrick™ standard DNA parts that encode basic biological functions.
The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) is a multi-institution research effort to lay the foundation for synthetic biology, which aims to build biological components and assemble them into integrated systems to accomplish specific tasks.
The Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) is a professional organization which encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering in the broadest and most liberal manner and promote the professional development of its members. logo.gif

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