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Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli

Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in response to disease markers. In a step toward devising much more complex cellular circuits, MIT engineers have now programmed cells to remember and respond to a series of events.   Read […]

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Public Release: 24-Sep-2015 DARPA awards $32 million contract to MIT, Broad Institute Foundry

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015 DARPA awards $32 million contract to MIT, Broad Institute Foundry

The Foundry, started by MIT biological engineering professor Christopher Voigt and Broad Technology Labs (BTL) director Robert Nicol, is the result of a partnership between BTL and the Synthetic Biology Center of MIT, of which Voigt is co-director. The Foundry enables the rapid design, testing, and fabrication of large sequences of genetic information so they […]

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Compound potential

Compound potential

Kristala Jones Prather engineers microbes to produce compounds that can be used in industrial processes efficiently and economically.   MIT News

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Viruses join fight against harmful bacteria: Tim Lu

Viruses join fight against harmful bacteria: Tim Lu

Viruses join fight against harmful bacteria Engineered viruses could combat human disease and improve food safety MIT news Article

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Mammalian synthetic circuits with RNA binding proteins for RNA-only delivery

Mammalian synthetic circuits with RNA binding proteins for RNA-only delivery

RNA-only multi-input microRNA classifier circuit differentiates between HeLa, HEK293 and MCF7 cells Synthetic regulatory circuits encoded in RNA rather than DNA could provide a means to control cell behavior while avoiding potentially harmful genomic integration in therapeutic applications.  Weiss Lab has created post-transcriptional circuits using RNA-binding proteins, which can be wired in a plug-and-play fashion […]

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Tim Lu & Chris Voigt : develop basic computing elements for bacteria

Tim Lu & Chris Voigt : develop basic computing elements for bacteria

Sensors, memory switches, and circuits can be encoded in a common gut bacterium Full Article in Cell Systems MIT news NIH Director’s BLOG Phys.org

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Prof. Ron Weiss is giving talk at NCSB Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM

Prof. Ron Weiss is giving talk at NCSB Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM

on Synthetic Biology Foundations and Health Related Applications NCSB Annual Meeting July 9-10 2015 Albuquerque, New Mexico

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‘Kill switch’ for genetically-modified insects, bacteria developed at MIT

‘Kill switch’ for genetically-modified insects, bacteria developed at MIT

Genetic engineers have been developing a so-called ‘kill switch’ for genetically-modified organisms, such as insects or bacteria, that could be a threat to humans if they are released outside of a laboratory setting. Chris Voigt, professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, speaks with Ameera David about the latest research that could protect people from more active […]

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2015 Young Investigator Award Winner: Timothy K. Lu

2015 Young Investigator Award Winner: Timothy K. Lu

The Editors of Biochemical Engineering Journal, in cooperation with ECI’s Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX conference, are delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Timothy K. Lu as the recipient of the 2015 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award. More details

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The human body as a new frontier of cyber-physical systems

The human body as a new frontier of cyber-physical systems

Date: May 15, 2015. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). In this new project, the team [Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania), Ron Weiss (MIT), and Douglas Densmore (BU)] will focus on bio-CPS with the ability to sense, transport and […]

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