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!

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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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UK Synthetic Biology Centres tasked with addressing public concerns

An extra £40m for synthetic biology research in the UK comes with support to encourage responsible innovation.

Social media analysis offers a heads up on new research ideas and potential public concerns.

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Minister visits MIB following £40 million funding announcement

Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable has visited the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) to meet scientists working on synthetic biology. This follows the announcement of £40million funding into this cutting-edge research area, £32 million of which is being split across new research centres in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Warwick.

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