Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


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.

Foundry welcomes VIP visitors from Japan

Japan visitors in the Foundry

The Edinburgh Genome Foundry and School of Biological Sciences were delighted to host a VIP visit from fourteen delegates from Japanese academia, industry and government on Thursday April 27th.

Evolutionary resilience makes for better bioproduction

high re image of yeast

SynthSys member Dr Matteo Cavaliere and colleagues have recently published a mini-review discussing why the evolutionary resilience of microbial communities should be considered when designing robust biotechnological applications.

Contemplating the social dimensions of Sc2.0

Sc2.0 project logo

Dr Jane Calvert and Dr Erica Szymanski have published a blog on PLOS Synbio exploring how the Synthetic Yeast project provokes new questions around the social ramifications of this major endeavor.

SynBioBlog: What can synbio do for next-generation biologics?

Biologics pretty much sweep the leader board for money-making drugs globally. They are also excellent medicines, offering relief for millions of patients with chronic and often life limiting diseases. So what does synthetic biology have to offer this therapeutic success story?

Centre welcomes International Science Advisory Board

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology had its first Board Meeting on April 3 and 4. Over the two days, the Board heard about progress across all active research work packages as well as several new avenues of research.

SynBioBeta London 2017

In what is a 'must attend' fixture in the synthetic biology events calendar, the 2017 annual meeting of SynBioBeta provided a useful window on the UK and international synthetic biology startup landscape.

Exploring Grand Challenges

The Centre has continued to explore the potential opportunities for synthetic biology in developing regions of the world over the past month with funding from two Global Challenge Research Funding (GCRF) awards.

Five synthetic yeast chromosomes built


A significant new milestone in the Synthetic Yeast Chromosome project has been reached with five yeast chromosomes now fully constructed. The development could have widespread benefits for improved understanding of fundamental biology as well as food security, healthcare and biofuels.