I recently came across a couple of synthetic biology textbooks that you may find useful if you have not seen them yet. BioBuilder published by O'Reilly in July 2015. The lead author is Natalie Kuldell who is an Instructor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT as well as Founder and President of the [...]
Teaching synthetic biology can be challenging because it involves concepts from so many fields. I would like to give credit to two professors who have been teaching synthetic biology using GenoCAD. I was directly involved in the class taught by Massimiliano Pierobon at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Using video conference, I first gave a seminar [...]
The security of synthetic biology can be difficult to assess. Last month we organized a week-long training on the security of synthetic biology for personnel of a government agency. This very hands-on training included wet lab activities to build a basic genetic circuit using a combination of de novo gene synthesis performed in house and [...]
Carolyn Beans wrote a blog post about our project to develop stochastic models of the regulatory network controlling cell division. She was particularly interested in aspects of cell physiology that are affected by random events and how cells manage to remain healthy despite the vagaries of molecular interactions. Read her post on the NIGMS Biobeat [...]
GenomeWeb published a long article about the sustainability of bioinformatics infrastructures based on the GenoCAD transition into a commercial product. The articles describes the challenges of finding the right business model allowing the scientific community who depends on the tools to access it without restriction while at the same time generating enough revenue to ensure [...]
Virginia Tech issued a press release describing the language for plant synthetic biology developed in collaboration with Anna Coll. Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech and the Slovenia National Institute of Biology have developed a language for plant synthetic biology. Using the GenoCAD platform, a computer-assisted design application for synthetic biology developed at Virginia Bioinformatics [...]
Virginia Tech issued a press-release announcing the transformation of GenoCAD into a commercial product. GenoCAD started as a NSF-funded research project. In 2010, we released the application open-source using the Apache 2.0 license. Open source licensing appeared to be the most favorable way of ensuring the long-term sustainability of this infrasture. After we created GenoFAB, [...]
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