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Should vegans eat yeast?

Bigbang weekend flier

SynthSys social scientist, Dr Erika Szymanski, wowed the audience at the Big Bang Weekend in Wigtown with a sparkling presentation on yeast.

Single-cell variability in multicellular organisms

A newly published paper has extended studies of noisy gene expression to multicellular organisms.

Welcome to the new SynthSys Director

Dr Meriem el Karoui of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biology has become the new Director of SynthSys.

A fine balance between stress and success in synthetic circuit design

A new study has provided insights into how varying the number of synthetic circuits introduced into host cells influences their behaviour may provide a guide to improved synthetic circuit design.

Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new hi-tech tool

Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests. Scientists have devised a method that could lead to cheap, environmentally friendly ways of making products for use in the cosmetics, plastics and food industries. 

First steps towards self-assembling synthetic tissues

red and green patterened cells in a dish

A research team at the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology has made first steps towards creating self-assembling synthetic tissues de novo.

Genetic Constructor, simplifying DNA design.

The Edinburgh Genome Foundry (EGF) team are co-authors of a web-based tool that can help researchers design and build the optimal genetic constructs.

Using drug controllable dCas9 transcription factors for multidimensional gene control

Researchers in the lab of Professor Susan Rosser, Director of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, have built drug-induced degradable variants of the gene-editing tool Cas9 to create an externally controllable system with greater dynamic for regulating gene expression.

Highland (SynBio) Games 2017

This year, the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology (CMSB) headed north across the glorious new Queensferry Bridge for its very own annual Highland Games (aka Centre retreat) in Kinross.

New model provides insights into microbial evolution

Model of microbial evolution

Researchers at SynthSys have developed a novel modelling approach to predict how microbial communities might adapt in response to their changing environment. Such insights could be valuable in understanding how microbial communities emerge, establish, and diversify.