Welcome to the September 2019 issue of the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative Newsletter - a round-up of news, events and notices from across the initiative. 
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News & Updates

miniPCR bio launches BioBits cell-free system: bringing synthetic biology to your classroom
 The BioBits system enables protein synthesis at very low cost, making it ideal for educational uses ranging from the demonstration of fundamental cellular processes to hands-on synthetic biology. BioBitsTM is based on freeze-dried, cell-free technology developed by leading academic laboratories at MIT and Northwestern University.
New LinkedIn group for synthetic biologists 
'In this LinkedIn group present and former members of the UK synthetic biology research centres, the foundries and the synbio innovation and knowledge centre can connect with each other. Through this group we aim to maintain and build the network of synbio scientists in and outside the UK.'

YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnerships for synthetic biology startups

The next generation of synthetic biology companies will have the option to start by leveraging Ginkgo rather than building lab infrastructure in-house.
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Upcoming Events

All event information can be found on the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup
Rewriting the Genetic Code with Dr Julius Fredens (Chin Lab, MRC LMB)
Monday 23 Sept, 19:00, Biomakespace, Hills Rd: More info & RSVP 
The dream of programming biology is as old as the computer, but so far held back by the inability to handle the entire hardware – the genome. We have recently overcome this technical challenge in the bacterium E. coli, and redesigned, synthesised, and installed a completely new genome with only 61 codons. Though still looking at a relatively small genome in a simple organism, this promises to take biological engineering to a new level. Better teach your kids and students the new programming language: the genetic code.
Cell Free Lunch meeting with Dr Kevin Land (Univ of Pretoria)
Wednesday 25 Sept, 12pm, Dept of Plant Sciences More info & RSVP
Dr Kevin Land will be present on reassured criteria for low cost diagnostics in the developing world, discussing technologies which will enable us to get closer to the ideal solution.
Various ways of using the CRISPR gene editing toolbox with Dr Ardi Liaunardy
Monday 30 Sept, 19:00, Biomakespace, Hills Rd: More info & RSVP
Dr Ardi Liaunardy-Jopeace is a Post Doc Fellow at AstraZeneca and holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Join us to explore CRISPR gene editing technology and the various ways it is being used in this talk and discussion.
Cafe Synthetique: using science to inform policy
Thursday 7 Oct, 17:30, Panton Arms: More info & RSVP 
Dr Rocco Casagrande is the former United Nations biological weapons inspector, is a founder and current Managing Director of Gryphon Scientific. In this talk, he will discuss challenges in science policy faced by the US government over the past decade and his role in using quantitative methods grounded in the life sciences to ensure that the government is making decisions based on the best available evidence. Issues to be discussed include design features on a laboratory that studies the most dangerous animal pathogens, the regulation of the tools of biotechnology to minimise risk of misuse without hampering scientific advancement, and the balancing of risks and rewards on research on human pathogens with pandemic potential. 

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