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The Beginning of Modern Biotech?

I’ve spent quite a bit of time the past couple of weeks exploring business patents. The original story I was doing the research for, alas, isn’t going to happen, but I sure did come across some interesting stuff serendipitously. Example: U.S. Patent No. 4,259,444, the first patent on a living organism, a genetically engineered variation […]

Drew Endy at Long Now Foundation Event, November 2008

The spiritual father of synthetic biology, Drew Endy, explaining the basic concepts at Long Now Foundation event, via Wired News.

iGem on Lehrer News Hour; Sloan Foundation Grants to Study SynBio “Societal Issues”

Just found video of the segment on synthetic biology and iGem. Also, from the website of Medical Technology Business Technology Europe, news that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is launching an initiative to study the societal issues associated with synthetic biology, now that the focus is shifting from merely reading the genetic code to writing […]

iGEM 2008 Winners

Results are in. Go, Slovenia! Here’s a good early piece on the subject of synthetic biology and MIT’s resident former MIT, now Stanford-based synbio guru Drew Endy, a pioneer in the field. And a followup story, from earlier this year.

iGEM 2008 at MIT

I spent an eye-opening day at MIT on Saturday, attending the iGEM Jamboree, a competition for undergrads from schools around the world who are working in the emerging field of synthetic biology. I don’t pretend to be an expert AT ALL on this, but I am blown away by what these kids are doing — […]