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Synthetic Biology Training Paper

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 [...]

Synthetic Biology Training Paper2019-08-01T22:42:41+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

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

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

I am glad to be part of a multi-institutional team newly commissioned to analyze the security of biomanufacturing infrastructures.  Facilities that manufacture biologic drugs like vaccines are a critical part of the nation's biodefense infrastructure. Possible breaches of data systems controlling these biomanufacturing supply chains call for an assessment of their vulnerability to cyberattacks. The U.S. [...]

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures2019-02-06T19:38:06+00:00

PLoS publishes blog entry on biosecurity

The PLoS Synthetic Biology Community republished an edited version of a blog entry entitled Developing a culture of security in synthetic biology posted on this web site a few months ago. Check it out on the PLoS web site. Drop us a line to tell us if you think there is more to biosecurity in relation to synthetic [...]

PLoS publishes blog entry on biosecurity2019-02-06T19:41:29+00:00

Synthetic gene drives to alter animals in the wild

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 [...]

Synthetic gene drives to alter animals in the wild2019-02-06T19:41:29+00:00