Thursday, March 19, 2009
The DIYbio Community - Presented at Ignite Boston 5 (2009) from mac cowell on Vimeo.
I just found this video on Mac's Vimeo page, and I had to share it. It's like a Cliff notes for the DIYBio community over the past few months. It's great of him to do, because it's not easy to keep up with all the posts on the DIYBio mailing list (so much so that there are now sub-lists to raise the signal to noise ratio).
Jam08 Live: UC Berkeley - Clonebots from mac cowell on Vimeo.
So, while the partnership is tentative, I think both parties can benefit a lot from such a relationship, and I'm on the edge of my seat with excitement thinking about what we can do.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
An interview of Reshma Shetty of Ginkgo Bioworks (a new-ish biotech startup comprised mainly of MIT grads who worked with Endy on synthbio) was just Slashdotted. It's a good interview - well worth a read (or listen). Props to Andrew Hessel for sending it to the DIYBio mailing list.
Direct link to interview
Monday, February 9, 2009
One of the most important aspects of synthetic biology is also the most novel - designing biological circuits from standardized component parts. While genetic 'engineering' has been using recombinant DNA technology to produce useful strains of microbes since the 70s, their custom functions were not designed with parts from a repository of standard biological parts, like the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.
The "Part Types" page on partsregistry.org has a list of the kinds of parts used in plasmid circuits:
: Reporters, e.g. GFP
: Protein generators, e.g. the Banana Odor Generator from MIT 2006
: Composite Devices
: Ribosome Binding Sites
: Protein Coding
Here is a standard mini-circuit for expressing GFP:
So, who wants to start an iGEM team? Because iGEM is opening its doors to the wider community of biohackers for the first time this year with a non-institutional teams division. I spoke with Randy Rettberg on Friday about the specifics:
- Team registration will be $500, due March 31.
- There will be an additional per-person Jamboree fee later
- All teams will have access to iGEM Partner deals ($0.20/bp synthesis from GeneArt; MatLab + simbiology toolkit)
- All teams can request parts from the Registry. Requests will have to be approved by a Safety Committee.
- Each team will get to present their work with a 5-minute talk and a poster at the Jamboree
- The Jamboree will be Oct 31 - Nov 2.
For more information about iGEM, visit: http://igem.org