July 16, 2020

Driving Drug Discovery Success With Synthetic Biology and NGS

(Technology Networks) Understanding protein–protein binding is critical for the development of antibody-based therapeutics. Typically, when treating diseases such as cancer, the aim is to bind to a single protein target. However, when it comes to infectious diseases, the therapeutic target can … Read More

July 16, 2020

Transhumanism in Film: Are Technologically-Enhanced Beings our Lesser or Equal?

(Irish Tech News) Trans-humanist theory is contextualised within the 2014 science-fiction thriller “Ex Machina” and also within formal animation, such as the 1999 animated classic “The Iron Giant”. Despite both films showing trans-humanist logic, there are clear distinctions in the way … Read More

February 24, 2020

How to Build a Genome

(Nature) – Only a handful of genomes have been synthesized so far, mostly for bacteria. Synthetic biologist Jason Chin and his colleagues at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, have rewritten the genome of Escherichia coli, and … Read More

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October 18, 2019

Technological Challenges and Milestones for Writing Genomes

(Science) – Engineering biology with recombinant DNA, broadly called synthetic biology, has progressed tremendously in the last decade, owing to continued industrialization of DNA synthesis, discovery and development of molecular tools and organisms, and increasingly sophisticated modeling and analytic tools. … Read More

June 19, 2019

A New Edition of Science and Engineering Ethics Is Now Available

Science and Engineering Ethics (vol. 24, no. 6, 2018) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “The Food Warden: An Exploration of Issues in Distributing Responsibilities for Safe-by-Design Synthetic Biology Applications” by Zoë Robaey, Shannon L. Spruit, and Ibo … Read More