Category Archives: Synthetic Biology


An Exclusive Scientific Meeting Gives Birth to the Genome Project-Write

A select group of researchers from top American universities gathered last month in an invitation-only meeting at Harvard to discuss the need of technology and an ethical framework for genome-scale engineering. The conclusions are now presented in a paper published in the journal Science, where they propose to start the Human Genome Project–Write (HGP-write). In this call […]

Wireless Transmitter Powered by Urine and Microbes

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE) have created a wearable wireless transmitter powered with urine. The user carries microbial fuel cells (MFCs) in its socks, and the cells are fed with urine that is supplied by the user’s movement. The researchers were able to send a signal to a PC with the […]

Illumina Accelerates Four Selected Startups

Illumina has announced the winners of the third round of its accelerator program. The genomics company will invest in four biotech startups that work on nutrition, synthetic biology, the skin microbiome and reproductive health. The companies -MetaMixis, Vitagene, Skinomics and NextGen Jane- will receive support in many fronts. Apart from seed investment, they will receive $40 million from the Illumina Accelerator Boost […]

New Technique to Obtain Yeast Hybrids for Food and Fuel

Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a new way to cross different yeast species that allows to obtain hybrids with great economical potential. The finding, published in the journal Fungal Genetics and Biology, opens the door to experimenting with new yeast species in the food and biofuel fields. Yeasts are unicellular eukaryotic microorganisms, usually around […]

Organic Electronics Generate the First Electronic Plants

Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden have created electronic plants. The staff at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics inserted semi-conductive polymers inside living flowers, trees and bushes, creating electronic circuits that could regulate the plant´s physiology. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. Professor Magnus Berggren has been doing research in paper printed electronics […]

CRISPR plasmid storage

Addgene’s Introduction to the Wide World of CRISPR

Addgene, possibly the largest platform for CRISPR plasmids, libraries, and resources for researchers shines light on this amazing new technology. Here, they give a brief intro on how you can use CRISPR and will direct you to some additional useful resources available at Addgene. What is CRISPR? CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic […]

Synthetic Photosynthesis Produces Fuel Liquid from CO2

Scientists from the University of California at Berkeley have designed an artificial “plant” that can produce methane thanks to semiconducting nanowires and bacteria. In the synthetic photosynthesis, sunlight, CO2 and water are transformed into liquid fuel that can be stored and distributed through energy infrastructures. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]