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All the news from 2020/2021

Biocomputation made easy by a new method in cracking up proteins

Researchers from Dr Baojun Wang lab at SynthSys Centre have found a reliable way to break and then fix important proteins by biological glues. This creates better opportunities to program proteins and make biocomputational circuits. 

£8.7m collaboration seeks better route to modern medicines

An £8.7 million, five-year research collaboration led by the University of Edinburgh and FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK (FDB) will develop more cost-effective ways to make modern antibody-based medicines.

Cancer mutations insight could boost detection and personalise treatments

The understanding of many common cancers could be revolutionised by the discovery that in some cases the disease is partly triggered by large numbers of inherited genetic mutations, previously thought to have little impact on cancer risk.

Algae superpowers could boost food security

The yields of vital food crops such as rice, wheat and soybean could be improved by equipping plants with proteins from algae to enhance their growth.

DNA sponges - new tool for fine tuning cell engineering

Protein-binding DNA could be used to mop up proteins and fine-tune the control of gene expression, according to research carried out in the lab of Dr Baojun Wang, published recently in Nature Communications.

Start up wins funding to build low cost bioreactors

ŌGI Bio, a University of Edinburgh start-up company, is developing affordable and innovative solutions for automation and analysis of microbial culturing (bacteria, yeast or algae).

Big boost for high-value chemicals production

Two SynthSys researchers have won a total of ~£500k from the UK Government to use cutting edge biotechnology to produce high-value chemicals.

Parkinson’s regenerative medicine project funded

Dr Tilo Kunath, of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, and Dr Asuka Morizane of Kyoto University have won funding from the MRC and Japan Agency for Medical Research (AMED) in an exciting project to non-invasively monitor human stem cells differentiating into dopaminergic neural cells in a dish.

Funding for new strategy to make designer lipids

A new research collaboration led by Professor Dominic Campopiano, School of Chemistry and a member of SynthSys, is one of 14 new projects recently funded via a joint call through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences and the BBSRC.

Innovative ideas win Principal’s Award

SynthSys members bagged five of the seven inaugural Principal’s Innovation Awards receiving £10,000 each to develop their ideas further.

How Art Opens Up New Ways of Thinking About Science

A new publication explores the impacts of collaborations between art and science designed to explore what responsible research and innovation (RRI) really means.

New biotech start up for cancer treatment launches

The pioneering work carried out by the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology has led to the creation of an exciting new biotech company.

Sustainable nylon production made possible by bacteria discovery

Nylon manufacture could be revolutionised by the discovery that bacteria can make a key chemical involved in the process, without emitting harmful greenhouse gases.

Food security boost as data gets to root of crop yields problem

The resilience and yields of food crops worldwide could be improved by a new technique that monitors the growth of plant roots, scientists say.

Congratulations to our promoted members

Let’s raise a virtual glass to celebrate some good news in these troubling times.

Award to explore enzyme that could transform RNA vaccines

Prof Susan Rosser, has been awarded £250k to explore the commercial potential of a novel enzyme that could transform the market for next generation vaccines.

Imaging live cells using reversible peptide-protein interactions

Prof Lynne Regan, Dr Mathew Horrocks and their teams have developed a novel super-resolution technique for live cell imaging using reversible peptide-protein interactions.

University project makes Covid-19 information accessible in different languages

Covid-19 information has been made available in languages from around the world.

Adrian Bird shares world’s largest prize for pioneering brain research

Each year, The Brain Prize is awarded to one or more brain researchers who have had a ground-breaking impact on brain research. 

Laser-cut face guards to shield Covid-19 key workers

Dr Katherine Dunn, SynthSys PI, has been coordinating Covid-19-related activities in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

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COVID19 lockdown measures have been implemented in more than 160 countries worldwide, affecting lives of billions of people. Schools will remain closed for months, and pupils around the globe are missing the practical and interactive aspect of learning.

IBioIC celebrates 2020 AGM with bumper attendance

On February 5th and 6th, Scotland’s Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre celebrated it’s 6th Annual general Conference in Glasgow with over 500 delegates.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub

The University of Edinburgh has officially become a member of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub which works with academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future.