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MinION: Optimizing a Sequencing Run

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: Optimizing a Sequencing Run2019-04-03T21:35:45+00:00

MinION: Oxford NanoPore’s DNA Sequencing Innovation

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 [...]

MinION: Oxford NanoPore’s DNA Sequencing Innovation2019-04-03T21:38:14+00:00

MinION: Learning Curve, Challenges, and Critiques

Adventures with the MinION II: Challenges and Drawbacks to the Novel Technology Oxford Nanopore Technology’s (ONT) MinION has garnered considerable excitement, for good reason.  It's suitable for labs on a limited budget, who work with DNA samples in the field, and who need long reads. These are all benefits that you cannot find when using [...]

MinION: Learning Curve, Challenges, and Critiques2019-04-03T23:38:33+00:00

New publication defining “cyberbiosecurity”

We've just published a new paper describing the security risks that come along with the increasing digitization of biotechnology workflows. We call this emerging field cyberbiosecurity. Our paper about cyberbiosecurity was published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Biotechnology on December 7th. Concurrent with the publication, we also issued a press release and wrote [...]

New publication defining “cyberbiosecurity”2019-02-06T19:36:53+00:00

Is there a Genome Editing Right?

Biohackers are using CRISPR technology to edit their own genomes. Is there a genome editing right or should CRISPR tools be controlled substances? The Facts Josiah Zayner, recently reported, that he attempted to edit his own genome using the CRISPR. This story was reported in a number of outlets including Outside Magazine and Buzzfeed. This [...]

Is there a Genome Editing Right?2019-02-06T19:37:38+00:00

New synthetic biology journal

Why a new synthetic biology journal? Most synthetic biology papers are not published in a synthetic biology journal. They are still published in non-specialized journals that span a broad spectrum of scientific specialties from bioinformatics to molecular biology and biotechnology. It can be difficult for readers to notice synthetic biology papers among all the other papers [...]

New synthetic biology journal2019-02-06T19:37:38+00:00

FBI Synthetic Biology Training

FBI Training Objectives For one week in May, we hosted 11 agents and analysts from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for an intensive synthetic biology training program. The goal of this event was to give the law enforcement personnel foundational knowledge and insight into the rapidly evolving field of synthetic biology. At first glance, a [...]

FBI Synthetic Biology Training2019-02-06T19:37:41+00:00