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Hands-on Research at Summer School

For the second year  Dr.Teuta Pilizota took part in a two-week long summer school called Hands-On Research for Complex Systems at ICTP in Trieste, Italy (https://www.ictp.it/).

SynBioBlog: Biodesign Challenge 2017

Edinburgh team receiving their award

This year I was delighted to attend the grand finale (Summit) of the Biodesign Challenge on 22-23 June at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Centre partners with Sphere Fluidics in £1 million award to develop Desktop Genome Editing Platform

Steve Pollard

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology is a partner on a newly awarded £1 million grant to UK company Sphere Fluidics to develop the world’s first automated single cell genome engineering platform.

Beauty of viruses celebrated in interactive documentary

Friday 30th June saw the world premiere of a documentary that celebrates the shapes of some of the world’s most deadly pathogens.

Connect and Collaborate: The Future for Lab Automation

Automated mass spec platform called Stella

On June 8th, the Centre hosted a thought-provoking workshop to explore the possibilities for lab automation with Anatune, a leading provider of lab automation. 

SynBioBlog: Synbio Singapore style SB7.0

SB7.0 opening stage

I joined several other Centre members on a trip to the Far East this month to attend SB7.0, the world’s foremost professional meeting in the field of synthetic biology.

Parasitology a focus for new collaborations

Centre members braved biblical summer floods on a trip to Aberystwyth to discuss how synthetic biology tools and technologies might shine some light on the remaining challenges in parasitology.

Pragmatic approach to responsible innovation proposed

Photo of Prof Joyce Tait

A study proposes a radical new approach to the responsible development of innovative products, processes and services by companies and organisations operating in the bioeconomy and related industry sectors.

SynBioBlog: Building Human Artificial Chromosomes on the other side of the world

“I am just off to Japan to do some experiments.” This was the easiest way I could explain to my family that I was going to Japan to learn how to synthesize artificial chromosomes.

SAW Trust inspires for second year

tie dye art work in the class

On April 21st, SynthSys welcomed Jenni Rant and the SAW Training team back to Edinburgh for our second annual training event bringing their innovative approach to teaching science to children using the power of words and pictures.