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.
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.
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?
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.