New Synthetic Biology Collaboration with BGI

Patrick (Yizhi) Cai (Prof. Synthetic Genomics) at the University of Manchester and the President of  the Life Sciences Research Institute, Xun Xu from BGI signed a memorandum of Understanding to promote strategic collaboration. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) and University of Manchester have launched a five-year collaboration focused on Synthetic Biology and metabolic engineering of natural products. The collaboration builds on Prof Patrick Cai’s synthetic genomics research and his involvement in the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project (sc 2.0) which aims to redesign and synthesize a 12-Mb designer yeast genome de novo.