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.
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.
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.
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.