Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


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.

Microsoft and Edinburgh to make biological computation a reality

Electronic circuits in cells

Microsoft has teamed up with SynthSys Principal Investigator, Dr Baojun Wang, to build the genetic ‘hardware’ needed to turn living cells into biological computers.

Exploring Grand Challenges in Uganda

African researchers in a brainstorm session

On February 8-10, Prof Susan Rosser, Prof Alistair Elfick and Dr Liz Fletcher attended the AGM of the MUII-Plus DELTAS programme held in Entebbe, Uganda, at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.