Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Hands-On Research Summer School a Success

Pilizota lab at summer school

Dr Teuta Pilizota and her post grad student Jerko Rosko took part in a two-week long summer school called Hands-On Research for Complex Systems in Trieste, Italy.

Celebrating our Modern Apprentice's first year

Eliane Salvo-Chirnside and Scott Neilson

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology’s first Modern Apprentice, Scott Neilson, is celebrating his first anniversary at Edinburgh. Here Scott and his manager, Eliane Salvo-Chirnside, reflect on the positive experience provided by this government-supported training scheme.

Edinburgh on the map for DNA design and construction

DNA design and assembly was the focus of three high-profile events in Edinburgh in early July. SynthSys launched its Edinburgh Genome Foundry, hosted the second SynBioBeta Activate! event, and held the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Sc2.0 International Synthetic Yeast Project.

Fast or precise? Marine bacteria can be both

When doing tasks we are often confronted with a fundamental question: shall I do it fast or do it precisely? From experience we know that achieving both is exceedingly difficult; compromise is the best bet. But can speed and precision be maximised at the same time?

Flagship DNA facility sets sights on advances in science

Scientists are marking the opening of the first fully automated DNA production facility in the UK. The Edinburgh Genome Foundry will design, build and test large sections of DNA – the building blocks of life – using large-scale robotic processes.

SynBio Perspectives: Biosafety on earth and beyond - planetary protection policies, biotechnology and space synthetic biology

By Deborah Scott

In this post I briefly describe a new research project of mine that is related to the wide range of research underway in SynthSys. The project is one example of how a social scientist approaches research on synthetic biology.

The Human Genome Project Write - Comment

Professor Susan Rosser and Dr Patrick Cai are authors on a letter published in Science outlining an ambitious international project to reconstruct the human genome - badged the Human Genome Project - Write (HGP-Write).

Prestigious award for Sir Adrian Bird

Professor Sir Adrian Bird, a PI in the Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, has been awarded The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine 2016.

Synthetic biology goes back to school

On March 8th 2016, Dr Meriem El Karoui had a great day with students at the James Gillespie High School in the City of Edinburgh discussing genetic engineering and synthetic biology.

£1.8M MRC award for improving iPSC technology

Dr Abdenour Soufi, a Chancellor’s Fellow, junior group leader at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) and a member of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology has received a prestigious Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award (