Government personnel responsible for the security of life sciences infrastructures are often not formally trained in biological sciences and relevant scientific fields. Although the security sector works together with the scientific community, the rapid pace of life sciences innovations, evolving terminologies, and shifts in research culture makes it challenging for the personnel in these [...]
George Church's group published in eLife an article entitled "Concerning RNA-guided gene drives for the alteration of wild populations"in which they describe how CRISPR could be used to alter the genome of animals in the wild. A possible application of this approach could be to edit the genome of mosquitoes to prevent them from propagating [...]
In 2012, Mark Isalan and myself compiled a list of synthetic biology papers published in PLoS ONE (See The PLOS ONE Synthetic Biology Collection: Six Years and Counting). This impressive corpus of synthetic biology papers was highlighted by PLoS in a journal-specific collection. For various reasons, the decision was made at the time to focus on [...]
Several members of the lab have been involved in the development of SBOL since 2008. These efforts have been recognized by the publication in Nature Biotechnology of a commentary describing this community effort. Read the article here.
The open access journal PeerJ is changing the open-access publication business model. Instead of a charging a publishing fee per article, it is a relying on a membership model. Each author pays a $99 lifetime membership to the journal but do not incur publication fees afterwards. The journal has been setting up partnerships with institutions [...]
The October issue of Cell Cycle includes an article reporting our efforts to measure and model the transcriptional noise affecting the the regulatory network controlling the cell cycle in the baker yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The journal cover page features an image derived from this work. Cell Cycle. 2013 Sep 4;12(19). [Epub ahead of print] Measurement [...]
An article describing GenoCAD is published in the Web Server issue of Nucleic Acids Research. Read article.
The review on gene synthesis authored by Mike Czar is featured on the cover of Trends in Biotechnology. Read article.