Archives by Tag 'iGEM 2016':

By Guest author: Ciara McCarthy: Wednesday 16th November, 2016

The story behind the gold medal winning project

Whilst the majority of students had long since escaped the labs and libraries of Cambridge for the summer, 10 intrepid students remained in the Plant Sciences department. We were a mixture of engineers and natural scientists taking part in iGEM – an international synthetic biology competition. Teams from universities across the world participate, building genetically […]

By Guest author: Geoff Ma: Thursday 1st September, 2016

Standardising DNA – why bother?

Standardisation is everywhere. Standardisation has enabled rapid industrial development. Examples could include nuts and bolts in engineering, or even USB protocols in computing. These universally accepted standards provide the necessary platform to encapsulate tasks which are now seen as trivial. Almost inevitably, there has been a desire within the scientific community to standardise elements of […]

By Guest Author: Claire Restarick: Monday 15th August, 2016

Using low-cost, well-documented, open-source hardware for synthetic biology

Since our initial blog post, we’ve spent many hours finalising designs for our genetic assemblies, which are now in the process of being synthesised. Once these are complete, we will begin the challenging task of completing four rounds of experiments before our deadline in September. While our biologists are making significant headway in the lab, […]

By Guest Author: Michael Friedman: Thursday 28th July, 2016

Engineering a future for synthetic biology

Chloroplast engineering has the potential to revolutionise the field of synthetic biology. As the factory floor of the plant cell, the chloroplast can produce a variety of interesting compounds, with around 50X the efficiency of the rest of the cell. Its potential for biofuel and vaccine antigen production are especially relevant, with the current global […]


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