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The Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman MP has launched the UK Synthetic Biology Strategic Plan 2016. The ‘Biodesign for the Bioeconomy’ plan builds on the success of the 2012 Synthetic Biology Roadmap for the UK with a strong focus on the applications of the technology, in particular it focuses on five strategic areas: Accelerating […]

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Imagine a city lit by cool to touch, wireless, low carbon lighting. Glowee, a start-up based in Paris, France, is using synthetic biology to create bioluminescence-based lighting in any shape. The company was founded by 25-year-old Sandra Rey. Glowee’s lighting uses non-pathogenic bacteria, Aliivibrio fischeri, which provides the bioluminescence in squid.  The bacteria in a […]

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The cross-disciplinary field of synthetic biology allows scientists to design and engineer organisms to carry out new roles, has been put to solving another challenge – that of creating a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. Caused by an infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis,chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases […]

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