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Strategic industry collaboration announced

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The Centre is delighted to be involved in the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB) “Centre of Excellence in Bioprocessing 2.0” collaboration.

Stem cell approach could aid Parkinson’s fight

A team of Scientists which includes researchers in the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, have taken a key step towards improving an emerging class of treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The advance could markedly improve a next generation of therapies for the condition, which affects around one in 350 people in the UK, by aiding in the development of the promising treatment – known as cell replacement therapy – which was first used in a clinical trial this year. The study, published in the European Journal of Neuroscience, was funded by the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, the pharmaceutical company UCB Biopharma and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

SynBioBlog: Crossing kingdoms, disciplines and continents

In the antechamber to an old school hall, a nude woman slides into a fume cupboard. Later, she buries her head in soil flecked-through with green glitter.

Decoding and Designing: Out and about at Midlothian Science Festival

Alazne Dominguez (right, postdoc in Jamie Davies lab) and Cigdem Selli (left, postdoc at The Queen’s Medical Research Institute) came up with a clever, hands-on approach for building a dialogue around these technologies. Here they explain what happened.

iGEM Success - Gold for Edinburgh Teams

Congratulations to both Edinburgh teams who won gold medals at the 2018 Giant iGEM Jamboree – the annual showcase of student-driven synthetic biology projects.

New light-based systems turns off protein production

A novel light-controlled ‘off’ switch for proteins will open up new ways to explore how many important cellular processes work.

Edinburgh's first Cafe Synthetique

On 9th of October, researchers from Biology, Informatics and Engineering hosted Edinburgh’s first Café Synthetique event. This monthly event aims to address the lack of public and informal events for those curious about Synthetic Biology.

Professor Andrew Millar appointed Scotland’s CSA for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

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Professor Andrew Millar, previously Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for System Biology (2007-2012) and SynthSys, has been appointed as the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA).

Doors Open day attracts more visitors

The University’s Doors Open event attracted even greater numbers with thousands braving the lively Scottish autumn weather to explore the science going on at the King’s Buildings Campus.

Young Frankenstein – cautionary tale or valuable lesson


A Sci-Screen event provided a light-hearted backdrop for Centre members to engage the audience of Edinburgh Skeptics in a more serious dialogue about science, its representation and its communication.