FEBS Advanced Course: applications now open!

In partnership with SYNMIKRO, we are delighted to announce that we are running a FEBS Advanced Course on the island of Spetses, Greece from 29 September until 7 October. The title of the course is Biosystem Design: Computational and Experimental Approaches and features a series of seminars, lectures and tutorials by leaders in the field … Continue reading FEBS Advanced Course: applications now open!

Warwick iGEM score gold at Boston! Apply for 2019

We are very proud of our 2018 iGEM team and all of the hard work they put in over the summer. They were rewarded with a gold! Congratulations! Read about their experience below and apply for next year’s team here www.warwick.ac.uk/igem. Warwick iGEM: Our 2018 Experience Our iGEM journey was an emotional and tumultuous one. … Continue reading Warwick iGEM score gold at Boston! Apply for 2019

Cognitive Constraints Shape Public Debate on the Risks of Synthetic Biology

Researchers at the University of Warwick, Dr Lauren Swiney and Professor Declan Bates, have considered efforts to understand public perceptions of synthetic biology using cognitive science in their recently published article in the journal Trends in Biotechnology. It is proposed that human cognition places constraints upon how we think about synthetic biology. The research explores … Continue reading Cognitive Constraints Shape Public Debate on the Risks of Synthetic Biology

First BIORIBOBOOST meeting in Valencia

The recently funded BIORIBOBOOST consortium had its first joint meeting at the end of October in Valencia. This EU-funded 25-partner consortium includes groups from eleven European countries plus further partners in China, Japan, Singapore and USA. John McCarthy represents WISB in the consortium, which has the objective to establish a new framework of future standards … Continue reading First BIORIBOBOOST meeting in Valencia

Researchers wake-up DNA from soil bacteria to discover novel acid antibiotic

· A large DNA fragment from a soil bacterium was captured and engineered to be awoken · The researchers then used to trigger production of a novel natural product, an acid antibiotic, encrypted in that DNA was identified and characterised · The discovered molecule, Scleric acid, could help combat bacteria and was shown to partially … Continue reading Researchers wake-up DNA from soil bacteria to discover novel acid antibiotic

Now Recruiting – 4 exciting new roles

WISB are excited to be currently recruiting for three senior technicians, each on a 16 month contract. Each of the roles will be supporting the research of our Research Career Development Fellows (RCDFs), and span across three different areas of Synthetic Biology. The deadline to apply is 4th May, with interviews expected to be held … Continue reading Now Recruiting – 4 exciting new roles

Drug-producing bacteria possible with synthetic biology breakthrough

Bacteria could be programmed to efficiently produce drugs, thanks to breakthrough research into synthetic biology using engineering principles, from the University of Warwick and the University of Surrey. Led by the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre at Warwick’s School of Engineering and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, new … Continue reading Drug-producing bacteria possible with synthetic biology breakthrough

Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems in Spetses, Greece

WISB are proud to announce their participation in the organisation of a FEBS Advanced Course. Entitled Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems, the course will run from 9-17 September in the island of Spetses in Greece. This course will be of most benefit to PhD students, and early career postdoctoral fellows. The course will be … Continue reading Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems in Spetses, Greece

SynBioCDT now open for applications!

The EPSRC & BBSRC Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (SynBioCDT) is a 4-year doctoral programme that offers training in the new field of Synthetic Biology, the “Engineering of Biology”. This centre is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick. Students from a wide range of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply … Continue reading SynBioCDT now open for applications!

The ‘lost 99%’ of microplastic ocean pollutants can now be identified

Estimates of how much plastic is in the ocean are not accurately represented as microplastics are hard to identify. A team of researchers from the University of Warwick, led by WISB member Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza, has devised a new way to identify what is known as the “lost 99%” of plastic particles in the world’s … Continue reading The ‘lost 99%’ of microplastic ocean pollutants can now be identified

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