Largest International Study of Its Kind Finds New Schizophrenia Risk Genes

November 25, 2016

Canadian and international scientists have uncovered six new schizophrenia risk genes. Including over 40,000 people and 170 scientists, the study analyzed the genes of individuals with schizophrenia and healthy controls using microarrays (technology using a microchip to determine if a genome has missing or duplicated pieces of DNA). The results provide further support to the important role genes play in susceptibility to schizophrenia.

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Key to Synthesizing Multifunctional Cells: Isolation

November 25, 2016

Interference between synthesized genetic circuits has plagued the ability to design complex cells with multiple functions. MIT researchers have demonstrated that isolating these genetic circuits using artificial membranes prevents such interference, thus enabling the design of complex cells with multiple genetic circuits in parallel, each carrying out a set function.

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Broad Institute, Intel Launch $25M Genomic Data Analysis Collaboration

November 25, 2016

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have announced a 5-year, $25 million collaboration with Intel. Aimed at improving researchers’ ability to analyze massive amounts of genomic data from diverse sources, the collaboration is working towards the creation of a genetic database ‘superhighway’ to advance genomics research.

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Precision Health Funding Opportunity

November 10, 2016

Genome Canada has announced that they will be launching a Large Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) competition in Genomics and Precision Health in early 2017, the aim of which will be to support projects that can contribute to a more evidence-based approach to health.

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Gen9 Synthesizes Largest Functional Virus

November 10, 2016

Researchers at Auburn University, Gen9 Inc., and Autodesk have created a synthetic virus customized to target tumor cells in dogs. The synthetic biology approach can make the dream of rapid creation of custom-made therapeutic viruses a reality.

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Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel

November 10, 2016

Gevo, Inc., announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel, derived from wood waste. Alaska Airlines is expected to fly the first commercial flight using this fuel in the next few months.

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Genomics in the Park

October 27, 2016

Photo: Left to Right: Andrew Hessel, Mark Poznansky, Minister Reza Moridi On October 20, Ontario Genomics took the Think Synthetic Biology campaign to Queen’s Park. The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, spoke about the need to strengthen Ontario as a powerhouse of research and innovation. The role that synthetic biology can…

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