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Synbio news • 10/05/10 Maker Faire Made My Weekend

New Yorkers brought in the autumnal equinox in style September 25th and 26th at the 2010 Maker Faire.

Synbio news • 09/27/10 Regulations for Synthetic Biology Need to Address Risks and Rewards

How much should synthetic biology – the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems, and the redesign of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes – be regulated? And by whom?

Synbio news • 09/27/10 Genetic Science Oozes Out of Amateurs' Garages

Melanie Swan did not panic upon learning she had inherited a genetic mutation that seemed to put her at a higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Instead she and another "garage biologist" ran a pilot study from their own homes and came up with a countermeasure.

Synbio news • 09/24/10 Synthetic life could make trips to Mars more comfortable

When packing for a manned mission to Mars or the moon, the best thing to bring may not be food or fuel, but specially designed organisms that can create those things for you.

Synbio news • 09/21/10 Two UC Institutions Win $30.8 M from NIGMS for New National Centers for Systems Biology

Two institutions associated with the University of California will be awarded $15.4 million each over five years by the National Institutes of Health toward establishing new National Centers for Systems Biology.

Synbio news • 09/13/10 Biotech Company to Patent Fuel-Secreting Bacterium

A biotech company plans to announce Tuesday that it has won a patent on a genetically altered bacterium that converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into ingredients of diesel fuel.

Synbio news • 09/09/10 One-Third of Americans Back Ban on Synthetic Genes

Engineering new synthetic organisms offers promise of fighting disease and even global warming, but also comes with risk. Now two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll say the field should move forward, while one-third supports a ban until researchers better understand the possible consequences.

Synbio news • 09/09/10 Americans split on risks and benefits of synthetic biology

A survey released today suggests that while awareness of the burgeoning field is growing, Americans remain divided on whether the potential benefits of synthetic biology outweigh its perceived risks.The poll was part of the Wilson Center's Synthetic Biology Project, which aims to get people talking about the advances of synthetic biology.

Synbio news • 09/09/10 Synthetic Biology Research on Biofuels Has a Mathematical Angle

A University at Buffalo chemist is applying a common mathematical concept to synthetic biology research aimed at finding ways to boost biofuels production.

Synbio news • 09/09/10 Americans cautious, but okay, with synthetic biology

Americans are cautious of the idea of creating synthetic life out of chemical building blocks in the lab, but most think it should move forward, a new poll finds.

Synbio news • 08/28/10 NSF Awards RAPID Response Grant to Modular Genetics and University Collaborators to Develop Bio-Dispersants for Oil Spill Clean-Up

The US National Science Foundation has awarded a one-year, $200,000 RAPID Response grant to synthetic biology company Modular Genetics, Inc. and scientists and engineers at Columbia University, Iowa State University (ISU) and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

Synbio news • 08/28/10 NSF Awards RAPID Response Grant to Modular Genetics and University Collaborators to Develop Bio-Dispersants for Oil Spill Clean-Up

The US National Science Foundation has awarded a one-year, $200,000 RAPID Response grant to synthetic biology company Modular Genetics, Inc. and scientists and engineers at Columbia University, Iowa State University (ISU) and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

Synbio news • 08/27/10 Advances made on next generation biofuel

Life Technologies and SG Biofuels report completion of sequencing the Jatropha curcas genome.

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