Fuel From Waste? – ScienceNOW

“A team led by Jay Keasling, a bioengineer at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California, worked to extend the strategy to make more commonly used fuels. They used Escherichia coli, a bacterium into which it’s relatively easy to insert new genes. They started by creating two strains of E. coli, inserting genes for breaking […]

Genome at Home: Biohackers Build Their Own Labs | Magazine

“A tiny spare bedroom is not an ideal space for a high tech biofabrication facility. To get to the one Josh Perfetto is putting together, visitors must walk all the way to the back of his mostly unfurnished house in Saratoga, California—through the kitchen, past some empty rooms, across a den with a lone couch—then […]

Suicide-Bombing Bacteria Could Fight Infections – ScienceNOW

“The researchers tweaked the genes that allow P. aeruginosa to detect other members of its species and put this synthetic genetic code into E. coli’s genome. They also gave E. coli a gene for making a modified pyocin that is toxic to P. aeruginosa. By linking the pyocin gene to the sensing genes, the researchers […]

James King – speculative deisgner

Here’s another speaker for my proposed panel for SXSW [http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/10348] on DIYbio. James King is a speculative designer working in the field of biological science to investigate the implications of future biotechnologies. He collaborates with scientists and works between the lab and studio to design potential applications for their research. Together they imagine what might […]

Ginkgo organism engineers and the pipe – Ginkgoo blog

“Here I’ll try to give a high-level picture of Ginkgo’s pipeline for organism engineering. If you’ve checked out our webpage, you’ll see that we have several different organism engineering projects happening at Ginkgo that span several different hosts. Our goal was to build out a pipeline that could support the engineering of all these very […]

Chemically evolved bacteria

“European scientists have created an Escherichia coli strain with a separate genome using chlorinated DNA. The genome should be unable to transfer back into unmodified bacteria, leading to what the researchers call a ‘genetic firewall’.” First arsenic, now chlorine. In my grad school days, we were studying DNA-protein interactions by modifying specific atoms on the […]

Designing Biology at SXSW 2012?

I’ve been thinking of what to do at SXSW Interactive next year around Biology. Biology at SXSW? It’s not as far-fetched as you’d think. The trends I see are the new bio hackspaces popping up, all the open source feeling around sharing bio tools, and so much discussion around design in biology. While SXSW Interactive […]

Less Bad vs. Good : Oscillator

“Should young, bright, and idealistic biotechnology students spend their summer coming up with technologies for oil companies to exploit so that they can more cleanly and efficiently pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, or should they be trying to come up with new fuels, new processes, new systems, new industries that can some day actually […]