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We see things a little different. Recent SynBio papers. WHAK! [KEVIN KELLY:] The main question that I'm asking myself is, what is the meaning of technology in our lives?


What place does technology have in the universe? What place does it have in the human condition? And what place should it play in my own personal life? Technology as a whole system, or what I call the technium, seems to be a dominant force in the culture. Indeed at times it seems to be the only force - the only lasting force - in culture. I'm trying to investigate ways to understand the long-term consequences of technology in the world and place it into some position along with other grand things like biological nature, big history, the physics of the cosmos, and the future. There's no predictive theory of technology either.

Anthropology & Synthetic Biology. Synthetic Aesthetics. Neither models nor miracles: a look at synthetic biology. The 20th century broke open both the atom and the human genome.

Neither models nor miracles: a look at synthetic biology

Physics deftly imposed mathematical order on the upwelling of particles. Now, in the 21st century, systems biology aims to fit equations to living matter, creating mathematical models that promise new insight into disease and cures. But, after a decade of effort and growth in computing power, models of cells and organs remain crude. Researchers are retreating from complexity towards simpler systems. And, perversely, ever-expanding data are making models more complicated instead of accurate.

International Biomolecular Design Competition. World First Cell Race. Main Page. Current Interest - 15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry. In our previous article, The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry, we listed such great ideas as Velcro, Gecko Tape and Whalepower Wind Turbines to illustrate some of the most awe-inspiring applications of biomimicry: the developing engineering practice of designing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature.

Current Interest - 15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry

Here are 15 more examples coming out of the biomimetics workshops of academia and industry that illustrate the range of nature-inspired designs that may lead humanity into the future. 1. Harnessing the Sea On the energy front biomimicry is offering several intriguing designs for tapping the movement of waves and tides to produce electricity from mechanical energy. An Australian company BioPower Systems has developed Biowave, a system that mimics the motion of underwater plants to generate power. 2. Another new biologically-inspired system making use of fish dynamics to convert tidal power into electricity is the bioSTREAM system by BioPower. 3. 4.

Current Interest - The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry. Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. - Leonardo Da Vinci Biomimicry - The practice of developing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature.

Current Interest - The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry

Sometimes called Biomimetics or Bionics, it's basically biologically inspired engineering. 1. Velcro. Congress Considers Synthetic Biology Risks, Benefits - ScienceIn. 18 April 2011 - Final evaluation report of the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Dialogue is published - News. Current Interest - How mirasol Displays Work: Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) Drive IMOD Reflective Technology. Systems & Synthetic Biology. Biology is Technology : Oscillator.

“The history of any given technology is extraordinarily complex.”

Biology is Technology : Oscillator

–Rob Carlson, Biology is Technology. Analyzing the history of a technology requires a complex look at the social, economic, and political context in which it emerged, and the reciprocal influences that the developing technology exerts on these factors. Predicting what the future of a technology will be like, how it will affect the economy and understanding the potential risks and payoffs is much much harder. Synthesis. BioBuilder - Home. On Biotechnology Without Borders. Can the reengineering of biology be coupled to the spread of tools and knowledge sufficient to improve the health of people and the environment worldwide?

On Biotechnology Without Borders

We believe the answer is yes, albeit with much work to be accomplished both technically and culturally. Practically, a comprehensive overhaul of the process by which living systems are engineered is needed. Legal, political, and cultural innovations are also required to collectively insure that the resulting knowledge and tools are freely availably to those who would use them constructively.

We do not know how to make biology easy to engineer (think playing with Legos or coding software with Java). Synthetic Biology. Synthetic Biology index. DIY. La Paillasse. DIYbio/FAQ. From OpenWetWare DIYbio FAQ v1.5: "The biohacker's FAQ" This FAQ for DIYbio is actively maintained by it's editors, and by you!


Edit your contributions directly or email updates to the DIYbio email list, Major contributors (in alphabetical order): The contents of this FAQ are copyright under the OpenWetWare Copyright policy (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported). This Frequently Asked Questions document is for the DIYBio mailing list. 1.0 - copied on 4/7/2009 from 1.1 - some updates to clarify original version 1.2 - new sections, reorg, + sections about DIY agar DOI:10.1007/BF00152620 1.3 - expand projects sections.

DIYbio is an organization that aims to help make biology a worthwhile pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists, and DIY biological engineers who value openness and safety. GenSpace NYC. DIYbio/FAQ.

"biopunk" , "sciencemadness", "biohacker", j'adore cette philosophie: la biologie de garage. On est en plein SF ! :) – nicolas

BioBricks Foundation. Book Publishers. Publishers. Videos. Andrew Hessel - Introduction to Synthetic Biology. PDplus: Synthetic Biology - creating life in the lab. Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life. Synbiosafe. Chaîne de BioBricksFoundation. Synthetic Biology: Drew Endy. Education. Synthetic biology is the design and construction of biological devices and systems for useful purposes.[1] It is an area of biological research and technology that combines biology and engineering, thus often overlapping with bioengineering and biomedical engineering.


It encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies, and disciplines with a focus on engineering biology and biotechnology.[2] The advance of synthetic biology relies on several key enabling technologies provided at ever increasing speed and lower cost. DNA sequencing, fabrication of genes, modeling how synthetic genes behave, and precisely measuring gene behavior are essential tools in synthetic biology. Its popularity has grown as a result of increasing developments within DNA synthesis technologies; now it is more affordable to synthesize a gene as opposed to cloning it.

Also, genome databases can be used as a template for creating viruses at minimal cost. MSc in Systems and Synthetic Biology. Master AIV - Introduction. Courses. Spring 2014 University of Tübingen Experimental design and data analysis Arizona State University BME100: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Lab Fall 2013 Arizona State University BME100: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Lab.


Synthetic Biology: SB101. The BioBricks Foundation was invited to run a workshop on "Synthetic Biology with BioBricks Parts" at CSB2008.

Synthetic Biology: SB101

Reusable educational modules about synthetic biology can be found on this page. Skeletal draft outline of SB101 Intro - setting the stage for synthetic biology Overview - imagine sequencing and synthesis became free overnight. Where does that lead in terms of engineering? (Abstraction, Modularity, Standardization) History Definitions (part, device, chassis, biobrick, physical standard, functional standard, abstraction, engineering cycle) Standard Parts: Goals and Tools Data sheets (goal) Measurement (path toward goal) Jason's story about telegraph cable standardization Getting & Storing parts: Registries & Repositories Legal Standards (Freedom) Production and Use - iGEM (fabs...

& codon devices, ginkgo?) Edge Master Class 2009. THE CURRENT CATALOG OF LIFE By Ed Regis In their futuristic workshops, the masters of the Synthetic Genomics, Craig Venter and George Church, play out their visions of bacteria reprogrammed to turn coal into methane gas and other microbes programmed to create jet fuel 14.

Learn synthetic biology from the best possible teachers ! – dbikard

Synthetic Biology Project. Synthetic biology, ethics and the hacker culture. Read Thomas L. Friedman’s “The World is Flat” or Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon”, and you get a glimpse into how the hacker culture that emerged at the tail end of the twentieth century revolutionized the digital world. Will a confluence of emerging technologies—including information tech, biotech, and nanotech—lead to a similar revolution in the biological world?

Behind every computer screen is a complexity of software and hardware that together create a virtual world in which many of us spend more time living out our lives than is probably healthy—whether crunching numbers, playing games or churning out our latest blog. This world is built in part (some would say a large part) on the work of technically savvy individuals—hackers—who have learned the art of manipulating the fundamental building blocks of the digital world. Tools.

GeneDesign is a web-based program for the design of synthetic genes. It consists of several modules that automate the tasks associated with the manipulation of synthetic sequences. There are many ways to use GeneDesign. Probably the most common is to start with the protein sequence of an interesting gene and proceed through reverse translation to building block design. This path is explored in the Design a Gene section of the manual. – dbikard

Synthetic Biology 3.0. SB5.0: the Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology. Confdetail360. This conference will focus on the advancement of synthetic biology, especially its application in the field of antibiotic production in filamentous fungi and actinomycete bacteria, including the implementation and modification of complex biosynthesis pathway modules in existing and new production hosts. Antibiotics production is regulated by complex networks and involves intricate multi-step biosynthetic machineries, as well as major reorganization of primary metabolic fluxes to redirect cellular metabolic resources towards their biosynthesis.

The urgent need for new antibiotics caused by the accelerating emergence of multi-drug resistant pathogens worldwide has led to a strong interest in the research community for decidedly novel approaches, collectively referred to as Synthetic Biology. To learn more about the conference, please see the Final Programme(PDF) Confdetail241. The field of synthetic biology holds a great promise for the design, construction and development of artificial (i.e. man-made) biological (sub)systems, by offering viable new routes to ‘genetically modified’ organisms, smart drugs and hybrid computational-biological devices. The informed manipulation of such biological (sub)systems could have an enormous positive impact on our societies, with its effects being felt across a range of activities such as the provision of healthcare, environmental protection and remediation to the construction of smarter more ubiquitous bio-integrated computing systems, etc.

The basic premise of synthetic biology is that methods commonly used to build non-biological systems, such as those employed in the computational sciences and the engineering disciplines that can deal with large and complex systems, could also be use to specify, design, implement, test and deploy novel synthetic biosystems. DNAWorks at Helix Systems. DNAWorks (v3.2.2) Cutter V2.0. Sci-Ed Software - Products. Clone Manager Basic acts as an expert system to help with cloning simulation, enzyme operations and graphic map drawing. You can also use Clone Manager as a quick and easy way to view or edit sequence files, find open reading frames, translate genes, or find genes or text in files.

Use Enzymes, Simulate Cloning. Gene Designer Software and Demos - DNA2.0. The DNA design tool for today’s molecular biologists Capture your entire gene design process in one efficient application, using a range of design tools purposely built for the task: Intelligent, fast, and easy-to-use algorithms for in silico cloning, codon optimization, back translation and primer design. Bioinformatics Software for Sequence alignment, sequence analysis, BLAST, Mr Bayes, ClustalW. TinkerCell. SBOL. Mobyle portal.

A very nive global portal with multiple tools from mFold to multiple alignments etc. – dbikard

Companies. DNA2.0. Ginkgo BioWorks. Cellectis. AMAbiotics. The company AMAbiotics is a research and service company focused on the link between microbial metabolism, nutrition and health. Omeecs. Intrexon. Amyris. LS9, Inc.