Yearly Archives: 2018

/2018

Synthetic biology in environmental science: invited presentation

Last week, I was invited to speak on a panel about synthetic biology and sustainability at the External Advisory Board Meeting of the NSF-funded Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at The University of Maryland. SESYNC brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision making to find solutions to complex environmental [...]

Synthetic biology in environmental science: invited presentation2019-06-04T18:15:41+00:00

Support student research to produce insulin for all

Support student research to produce insulin for all We are running a  fundraising campaign to support graduate student research to develop a small-scale manufacturing process to produce insulin for all.   Need to produce insulin for all Since its discovery in 1921, insulin has revolutionized the quality and quantity of life for persons with diabetes. [...]

Support student research to produce insulin for all2019-06-04T18:17:13+00:00

Could DIYBio change the cost of insulin?

After a century, insulin is still expensive – could DIYers change that? Miniature biomanufacturing kits like this prototype could revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Amino Labs, CC BY-ND Jenna E. Gallegos, Colorado State University and Jean Peccoud, Colorado State University Soon after Federick Banting discovered that insulin could be used to treat diabetes in 1921, he [...]

Could DIYBio change the cost of insulin?2019-06-04T18:19:15+00:00

Toward biohacked medicines: the Open Insulin case

Today we published two papers discussing the development of biohacked medicines spearheaded by the DIYBio movement. This revolution could dramatically change the way patients access life-saving drugs. In an opinion entitled "The Open Insulin Project: A Case Study for Biohacked Medicines", in collaboration with Warren Kaplan (Boston University), we make the argument that emerging innovation ecosystems challenge [...]

Toward biohacked medicines: the Open Insulin case2019-06-04T18:27:45+00:00

Automated Prioritization and Design of Experiments

Collaborative Research: ABI Innovation: Automated Prioritization and Design of Experiments to Validate and Improve Mathematical Models of Molecular Regulatory Systems Source of Support: NSF Abstract: Complex networks of interacting molecules control all the physiological processes that occur in a living cell. It is impossible to deduce the functions of these networks using intuitive reasoning [...]

Automated Prioritization and Design of Experiments2019-07-02T20:40:12+00:00

Modeling DNA Manufacturing

EAGER: Modeling DNA Manufacturing Processes Using Extensible Attribute Grammars Source of Support: NSF Abstract: This EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) project supports the NSF mission of advancing the national health, prosperity and welfare by increasing the capabilities, accessibility and affordability of manufacturing services in support of America's leadership in the life sciences. The [...]

Modeling DNA Manufacturing2019-07-02T20:37:37+00:00

Presenting Digital Signatures for DNA

A new project in the Peccoud Lab focuses on applying digital signatures to DNA in living organisms. Last week, postdoc Jenna Gallegos gave a presentation at the Synthetic Biology, Evolution, Engineering, and Design meeting in ScottsDale, Arizona describing this work. Abstract DNA molecules are frequently shared within the life sciences community, sometimes changing hands many times with [...]

Presenting Digital Signatures for DNA2019-02-06T19:36:53+00:00

YPD Agar Growth Media

Materials Consumables for 1L of media: 900 mL Distilled Water 20 g Peptone 10 g Yeast Extract 20 g Agar 100 mL (bottle) 20% glucose Plastic Weigh Boat Aluminum Foil Autoclave Tape 0.2μm filter 3 mL syringe Hardware: 2L Flask Stir bar Hot plate Stir bar magnet stick Autoclave tub Autoclave Media [...]

YPD Agar Growth Media2019-08-22T21:09:16+00:00