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Notes from Synbiobeta San Francisco 2014

Notes from Synbiobeta San Francisco 2014

Synbiobeta San Francisco 2014 is wrapping up this morning with a networking cruise in the bay that I won’t be able to join because I need to head to the airport in a few hours. This was the first time...

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5S Lab Organization – an Old Dog Learns New Tricks

When I interviewed for my present position in the Peccoud lab at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, David Ball gave me a tour of the lab and I immediately noticed that every item on a bench or desk was outlined with yellow tape and labeled....

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Using a LIMS in an Academic Lab

Using a LIMS in an academic lab may seem like overkill. Unless you remember that all laboratories produce something, whether samples or spreadsheets. Ideally, every step in the process of making the product, including the origins of precursors and the...

Synthetic Biology Blogs

I thought it might be useful to compile a list of Synthetic Biology blogs that can be used as alternative sources of information and perspectives complementing academic journals.  This list was prepared using contributions from Nathaniel Gore  and Devin Camenares. Do you know other...

DNAFactory: A Gene Synthesis Game

We present our very first video game!  Targeted toward middle- and high-school students, DNAFactory demonstrates the steps a Gene Synthesis factory or laboratory would go through to produce DNA molecules; specifically, when creating a DNA sample, the target sequence is...

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Developing a culture of security for synthetic biology

I was recently interviewed by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from the Future of Humanity Institute. I am putting edited excerpts from this interview below with the hope of engaging a discussion.   Andrew: What  should be done to address the risks of synthetic...

Fostering Transdisciplinary Science with Cyberinfrastructures

I want to tell you how cyber-infrastructures can enable large research research projects involving specialists from multiple disciplines and why it makes economic sense to develop such an infrastructure. The most exciting scientific research often involves multiple disciplines. You may have...

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Chase the dream, not the money: the dirty little secrets of proposal writing

When I started writing proposal, I was “chasing the money” by submitting proposals haphazardly in responses to various calls I was aware of. There are two problems with this approach. I did not understand well how to work with the...

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