Welcome to the November 2016 issue of the Synthetic Biology Newsletter - a round-up of news, events and notices from across the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative. 
SRI Updates

Spotlight on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology - final opportunity to apply to OpenPlant Fund by 1 Dec 2016

In vitro or cell-free synthetic biology is a topic of growing interest to many groups in Cambridge and the Synthetic Biology SRI is pleased to announce an upcoming programme of activities to promote and support interdisciplinary work in this space. We kicked off on 19 Oct 2016 with a SynBio Forum and workshop providing an overview of in vitro systems and their potential applications. The applications of cell-free synthetic biology for diagnostics in developing countries has since been explored by an interdisciplinary Development i-Team and a range of other activities are planned to promote this important area.
The next major opportunity is the OpenPlant Fund, which offers £5000 to support open, interdisciplinary and innovative projects to engineer plant biology. For this round applications focused on cell-free synthetic biology are also welcome by the 1 Dec 2016 deadline.
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Cambridge iGEM team win Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize at prestigious international competition

A team of Cambridge students have been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Plant Synthetic Biology Prize (overgrad category) for their entry into the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition 2016.

The Cambridge team consisted of four Engineering and six Natural Sciences undergraduates, with support from faculty member advisors – as well as engineering experts Cambridge Consultants, who sponsored the team.

Together they aimed to create a toolkit for algal chloroplast engineering, a process that holds great potential for producing everything from biofuels to edible vaccines both efficiently and in large quantities.

Find out more information about the team and their successes here.

Call for participation in 4th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - to be held in Cambridge!

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Robinson College - University of Cambridge - UK on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts.

Please find more information on this webpage >> 

Artificial symmetry-breaking for morphogenetic engineering bacterial colonies

An international team of researchers from University of Cambridge, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Stanford University recently published a paper in ACS Synthetic Biology that sought to apply synthetic biology approaches to the engineering of morphologies in multicellular systems.

Please find more information on this webpage >> 

Biomakespace starts shaping up

Biomakespace - a new non-profit starting up a community lab at the old MRC-LMB for exploring biology and biological engineering - held a lab sprint weekend 26-27 Nov 2016. Through some excellent team work, the labs are really starting to get into shape. There is another opportunity to get involved 10-11 Dec 2016 (RSVP) so check out their website or email the team if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.  

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Upcoming Events

Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Synthetic Biology 

[Closes 4 Dec 2016] SynbiCITE 4-Day MBA at Imperial College London 

Café Synthetique at Christmas 

Synthetic Biology for Natural Products Conference 

1st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology, 26-30 Mar 2017, Ascona, Switzerland 

BioFabbing: Fabrications and Fabulations 

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