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

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

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