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UCD-STAFFORDBEER  January 2012

UCD-STAFFORDBEER January 2012

Subject:

Re: synthetic biology - q general query

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John Waters <[log in to unmask]>

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Forum dedicated to the work of Stafford Beer <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:50:32 +0000

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On 26/01/12 15:56, Roger Harnden wrote:

> Hey John,
>
> Thanks for the LINKS but I suppose I was hoping for an
> overview of where all this stuff is going and how it
> will impact (for instance on sustainable energy).

Yes, I assumed it was for some such reason.  I thought you might find
some of the answers among the links (even if indirectly). 

John (:




>
> Roger
>
> On 2012-01-26, at 11:54 AM, John Waters wrote:
>
>> See (for example):
>>     http://biobricks.org/
>>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioBrick
>>     http://partsregistry.org/Help:An_Introduction_to_BioBricks
>>     http://syntheticbiology.org/BioBricks.html
>>     http://www.neb.com/nebecomm/products/productE0546.asp
>>
>> John (:
>>
>> http://www.neb.com/nebecomm/products/productE0546.asp
>>
>> On 26/01/12 10:31, Roger Harnden wrote:
>>> Just watched a fascinating BBC Horizon programme which 'lays out the
stall' for current developments in synthetic biology.
>>>
>>> I am posting this on the hope that perhaps individuals on these fora
might confirm that these developments are for real (as they are
presented to be).
>>>
>>>
>>> 1. The synthetic cell (Ventner) - I take it this is a given?
>>>
>>> 2. The creation of biobricks as part of a construction set for
biocircuits (Ron Weiss) - in effect DNA 'parts' which can be coded and
packaged for online distribution (as bits), downloaded  as parts
>>>
>>> 3. iGen  (I may have title wrong) - practical examples and
applications of (2) - the building of actual biological components from
downloaded code
>>>
>>> 4. ( I have lost the reference for this but it's in US). Insertion
of spider gene into molecule for milk production of goats whose milk can
subsequently have spider web silk extracted from it (this is happening).
They showed this happening.
>>>
>>> 5. 'Amyris' (CA) -production of diesel fuel from re-engineering the
yeast cell (production is happening at three plants - one in US, One in
South America and one in Europe
>>>
>>> 6. A rapidily growing 'garage industry' for the access and
exploitation of bio 'parts' from their online circulation
>>>
>>> 7. Ames Research Lab, NASA (David Leftus) - the development of the
biocapsule for insertion into astronauts. Made up of carbon nanotubes,
which are triggered into activity by the thing (eg radiation) that is to
be prevented. These can be placed in absolutely specific cells for
specific purposes
>>>
>>> 8. Synthetic neurobiology (Ed Boyden) - the insertion of light
sensitive molecules into specific neurons (of a mouse), for the control
of those specific molecules through light pulses. As we know neurons are
not light-sensitive. The experiment is one of control at the micro level.
>>>
>>>
>>> Roger
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