Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Engineering Rubisco to increase plant productivity

Arabidopsis plants

Generating new crop varieties with increased yields is critical for safeguarding future food security. One of the key limiting factors for productivity is the poor efficiency of the photosynthetic enzyme, Rubisco, which is responsible for net CO2 uptake in all plants.

Optical density: the risks of making assumptions

With the surge of interest in antimicrobial resistance, microbial synthetic biology and biotechnology applications, optical density measurements - the standard way to estimate cell numbers in microbiology - are rapidly becoming automated and high throughput.

Better technique for probing RNA structure

Full length hammerhead ribozyme

Probing RNA structure using high-throughput sequencing could revolutionize our understanding of the role of RNA secondary structure in regulation of gene expression.

Staff Public Engagement Award

Congratulations to Dr Hannah Florance and Dr Gaynor Campbell, in the Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, for their staff award for public engagment in the School of Biological Sciences.

Big promises from micro technologies – MicroTas2016 Report

Microfluidics is moving mainstream and with such a wide variety of potential application is the perfect research tool for synthetic and systems biology.

Foundry establishes Executive Board

The Edinburgh Genome Foundry specialises in the assembly of large DNA fragments, using a highly automated platform.

Exploring Grand Challenges in China

In early November, members of SynthSys headed to Shenzhen (China) to participate in the 11th International Genomes Conference and run a satellite workshop to explore the ‘grand challenges’ for our planet that could be addressed with synthetic biology.

New Lecturer in Biotechnology

The Centre welcomes Dr Stephen Wallace, recently appointed Lecturer in Biotechnology in the School of Biological Sciences.

'Rising Star in Science’

Congratulations to Dr Patrick Cai, Chancellor’s Fellow and SynthSys PI, and founding co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, who was awarded the annual ‘Rising Star in Science’ award for his work on automation in DNA design and assembly and the synthetic yeast chromosome project.

Second Report: Provision of Biological Data Management systems

Practical evaluation of SEEK and OpenBIS for biological data management in SynthSys; second report.