I thought it might be useful to compile a list of Synthetic Biology blogs that can be used as alternative sources of information and perspectives complementing academic journals. This list was prepared using contributions from Nathaniel Gore and Devin Camenares. Do you know other SynBio blogs that should be added to the list? Use the comments below to suggest it.
- PLoS Synthetic Biology Community is maintained by the PLoS Staff with contributions from the community edited by David Shifrin and myself. Publishes weekly. (http://synbio.plos.org/)
- Scientific American: The Oscillator is a synthetic biology blog maintained by Christina Agapakis. She publishes about one post per month. (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/oscillator/)
- Synthetic Aesthetics is collaboration between the University of Edinburgh (Jane Calvert, Allistair Elfick) and Stanford (Drew Endy) explores the interface between synthetic biology, art and design. (http://www.syntheticaesthetics.org/)
- Synthesis is an excellent blog with long entries by Rob Carlson on various social and strategic issues (http://www.synthesis.cc/)
- SynBioBeta is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers in synthetic biology. Blog entries cover commercial applications of synthetic biology (http://synbiobeta.com/)
- Genome Compiler provides software tools for synthetic biology. They post entries of general interest to the synthetic biology community. (http://www.genomecompiler.com/genome-compiler-blog/)
- Addgene maintains an active blog with entries contributed by members of the community. The blog covers a number of topics of interest to synthetic biologists (http://blog.addgene.org/topic/synthetic-biology)
- IndieBio maintains a blog with posts contributed by the incubator mentors. Topics are mostly focused on DIY Bio and entrepreneurship. (http://indiebio.co/blog/)
- GetSynBio is online community focused on synthetic biology. The format is not a blog per se but the spirit is similar. (http://www.getsynbio.com/articles/)
- GARNet is a BBSRC sponsored network that supports Arabidopsis researchers and the wider plant science community. One section of their blog focuses on plant synbio (http://blog.garnetcommunity.org.uk/category/synthetic-biology/)
- The SynBioLogist: News curated by Gerd Moe-Behrens using the paper.li platform
- SynBio from Leukippos Institute: SynBio news curate by the Leukippos Institute using Scoop.it.
In additions to blogs, there are a number of synthetic biology groups on LinkedIn:
- SyBIG :Synthetic Biology Interest Group: SyBIG is a special interest group in synthetic biology. It is a platform for professionals with an interest in synthetic biology to connect and network with other people in the field. About 2,100 members.
- Synthetic Biology Groups: Synthetic biology is the fascinating field of engineering biological organisms to perform certain tasks and has the potential to solve outstanding problems in energy, medicine, and nanotechnology. About 1,700 members
- SynBioBeta Group: SynBioBeta is the leading community of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, policymakers, and biology enthusiasts devoted to the responsible growth of the synthetic biology field. About 350 members.
- Synthetic Biology Investors Group: SBIG’s mission is to bring together investors interested in supporting the enormous human- and economic potential of Synthetic Biology as it impacts major industry sectors such as Agriculture-Food, Energy-Resources, Industrial Materials-Chemicals, Water-Environment and Medicine-Healthcare.restricted access. About 300 members.