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ESOF 2016

The SYNBIOCHEM Centre was involved in a number of activities throughout the EuroScience Open Forum which was held in Manchester in July. We joined forces with SYNENERGENE for a
science and reflection session on “Synthetic Biology and the new Bio-Industrial revolution”, ESOF Roswelcomed speakers from GSK, Synthace, BioBricks Foundation, SynBiCiTE and ThermoFisher in a panel discussion on “Synthetic Biology – the pathway to commercialisation” and hosted an Early Career Researcher event  in the MIB with participants from the Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bristol SynBio Research Centres and a short talk from Bento Bioworks on the pros and cons of creating a start up company. Perdita Barran also hosted a session “Mass Spectrometry for the masses” which included video clips provided from MS laboratories all around the world (

Additional ESOF activities included: MIB Open Lab events; a SYNBIOCHEM collaboration with the writer, performance poet, producer, and play-wright, Matt Panesh AKA “Monkey Poet” and Rainer Breitling, and outreach and engagement activities across the city.


Ion Mobility MS workshop China

Cunyu Yan Cunyu mass specswas invited to attend the ion mobility mass spectrometry workshop in Shanghai/Beijing, China from 26th to 29th of April. His talk “When ion mobility mass spectrometry meets synthetic biology” simply outlined two major new cutting-edge technologies that have arisen in the past ten years; highlighted the mass spectrometry application challenges of dealing with synthetic biology samples and raised potential solutions for this specific research area. He also visited the Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Chinese Academy of Sciences and headquarters of Agilent (China). Image: The Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghi, Pudong Campus).

Manchester iGEM 2016

ElcoholiiGEM, or the international Genetically Engineered Machine, is a student synthetic biology competition which aims to bring together young scientists from around the world, addressing global challenges through the engineering of biological parts.

This year’s interdisciplinary team comprises biologists, physicists and social scientists from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The group will be undertaking a project aimed to help address problems associated with binge drinking and alcoholism, through the creation of a biological ethanol sensor. The experimental work for this will begin in June at the MIB with the final product being presented at the annual Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA, in October of this year.

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Artist in the Lab!

The author and illustrator of children’s books, Lynne Chapman, visited the MIB and SYNBIOCHEM earlier this year as part of her residency with the University of Manchester’s Morgan Centre into everyday lives. Her work provides an interesting perspective of life in a lab!

AB1-M-spectrometer AB1-smells AB1-centrfuge AB1-pipetting AB1-bottles

Synthetic biology in China: An update from the field

In May 2015, Yanchao Li and Philip Shapira (RRI) undertook a series of interviews in China with scientists and entrepreneurs working in the fast growing domain of synthetic biology. They visited several key institutions undertaking synthetic biology and commercialization in China interviewing researchers, entrepreneurs and high-level managers at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Shanghai Institute for Biological sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. [Read blog post on synthetic biology in China]

EU Opinions on Synthetic biology

Prof. Rainer Breitling and Prof. Eriko Takano have been involved in three EU Opinions on Synthetic biology  – the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committees issued a draft opinion on whether existing risk assessment methods are adequate for synthetic biology.

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Scientists a step closer to renewable propane

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane.

Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This study provides new insight and understanding of the development of next-generation biofuels.

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Collaboration with FAIRDOM

SynBioChem are now official FAIRDOM “friends” and four representatives from the SynBioChem team are official FAIRDOM PALs. This means that SynBioChem have an official role within the ERA-NET EraSysAPP and European Research Infrastructure ISBE. The SynBioChem SEEK is being temporarily hosted at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

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Mould unlocks new route to biofuels

Mould unlocks new route to biofuels!

Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals. Researchers have identified the exact mechanism and structure of two key enzymes isolated from yeast moulds that together provide a new, cleaner route to the production of hydrocarbons.

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MIB features in stunning video of Manchester and its mind-blowing scientific legacy

Watch this stunning video showing Manchester’s past achievements in science and innovation.

The four-and-a-half-minute film focuses on the role of science and innovation has had and still has in the city – Alan Turing, the split of the atom, The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, ‘Corridor Manchester’, Alderley Park and the National Graphene Institute all feature.

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