Analyzing toehold sequences for synthetic biology

Computational algorithms enable identification and optimization of RNA-based tools for myriad applications.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~16 min

Tags: science-technology dna synthetic-biology rna wyss-institute james-collins

Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering and Materials Science, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  biology  synthetic-biology  construction  infrastructure  carbon-dioxide-co2  polymers  minerals  built-environment  material-science  buildings  cyanobacteria

Printing objects that can incorporate living organisms

A 3D printing system that controls the behavior of live bacteria could someday enable medical devices with therapeutic agents built in.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: manufacturing synthetic-biology 3-d-printing research design media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

A new way to control microbial metabolism

Chemical engineers program bacteria to switch between different metabolic pathways, boosting their yield of desirable products.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 2, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria synthetic-biology microbes research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf biological-engineering chemical-engineering

New legal tool aims to increase openness, sharing and innovation in global biotechnology

A new easy-to-use legal tool that enables exchange of biological material between research institutes and companies launches today.

Jim Haseloff • cambridge
Oct. 11, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-innovation plant-sciences synthetic-biology

Startup aims to democratize synthetic biology | MIT News

Alumna’s mini-lab kits include all necessary tools and materials for anyone to start engineering microbes.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
April 18, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  education  startups  synthetic-biology  k-12-education  design  media-lab  school-of-architecture-and-planning  innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie  alumniae  education-teaching-academics  biological-engineering  stem-education  maker-movement

Artificial antimicrobial peptides could help overcome drug-resistant bacteria | MIT News

With aid of computer algorithm, researchers develop peptides more powerful than those found in nature.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 16, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  medicine  bacteria  synthetic-biology  antibiotics  microbes  research  school-of-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  biological-engineering

Timothy Lu seeks to combat disease by reprogramming biological systems | MIT News

Synthetic biologist hopes to develop treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  dna  medicine  cancer  synthetic-biology  microbes  profile  research  school-of-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  faculty  biological-engineering  health-sciences-and-technology

Reading and writing DNA | MIT News

Department of Biology kicks off IAP seminar series with a lecture by synthetic-biology visionary George Church.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 31, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  dna  genetics  crispr  bacteria  industry  biology  synthetic-biology  health-care  broad-institute  research  school-of-science  innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie  biological-engineering  independent-activities-period  genome-editing

Engineers 3-D print a “living tattoo” | MIT News

New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 5, 2017 ~8 min

Tags:  synthetic-biology  microbes  3-d-printing  research  mechanical-engineering  school-of-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  national-science-foundation-nsf  national-institutes-of-health-nih  materials-science-and-engineering  biological-engineering  drug-delivery

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