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Cyberbiosecurity in the news

By |2019-02-06T19:36:51+00:00January 23rd, 2019|

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. We rely on computers to operate laboratory equipment, design genetic constructs, and store, share, and analyze genetic data. Cyberbiosecurity is a new field of science that explores novel risks at the interface of biology and computer science. The Peccoud lab is investigating cyberbiosecurity in a variety ways. These include: Applying [...]

Synthetic biology in environmental science: invited presentation

By |2019-02-06T19:36:52+00:00October 17th, 2018|

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 [...]

Support student research to produce insulin for all

By |2019-02-06T19:36:52+00:00September 24th, 2018|

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. [...]

Could DIYBio change the cost of insulin?

By |2019-04-03T23:35:10+00:00September 15th, 2018|

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 [...]

Toward biohacked medicines: the Open Insulin case

By |2019-04-17T21:39:25+00:00September 13th, 2018|

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 [...]

Presenting Digital Signatures for DNA

By |2019-02-06T19:36:53+00:00June 18th, 2018|

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 [...]

MinION: Optimizing a Sequencing Run

By |2019-04-03T21:35:45+00:00February 2nd, 2018|

Adventures with the MinION Part III: Optimizing Protocols and Technology For Success As mentioned in previous posts (found here and here), optimization of this immature technology is one of the major hurdles users face.   In order to help others bypass the learning curve, we have laid out some of the problems we’ve faced and [...]

MinION: Oxford NanoPore’s DNA Sequencing Innovation

By |2019-04-03T21:38:14+00:00January 24th, 2018|

Adventures with MinION Part I: Understanding ONT's DNA sequencing technology The 50th anniversary of the historic double helix DNA model came three years after the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP).  Providing industrialized methods of DNA sequencing, this project lead the way for the development of Next-Gen sequencing (NGS). The development of high through-put [...]