There's been a lot of interesting papers out this month in synthetic biology. Here's a quick roundup of some news and research:
- Oliver Wright, Guy-Bart Stan and Tom Ellis. Building-in Biosafety for Synthetic Biology. Microbiology, March 2013. Preprint PDF available here.
- Christine Rabinovitch-Deer, John Oliver, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Shota Atsumi. Synthetic BIology and Metabolic Engineering Approaches to Biofuels. Chemical Reviews, March 2013.
- The BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology published two papers this month about the precise control of gene expression in E. coli
- Mutalik et al. Precise and Reliable Gene Expression via Standard Transcription and Translation Initiation Elements. Nature Methods, March 2013.
- Mutalik et al. Quantitative Estimation of Activity and Quality for Collections of Functional Genetic Elements. Nature Methods, March 2013.
- An interesting New Scientist article discusses these papers in the context of industrialization of synthetic biology, from "handcrafted" production pathways in yeast to the "Ikea" of synthetic biology production: "Quality control opens path to synthetic biology's Ikea."
- Jerome Bonnet, Peter Yin, Monica Ortiz, Pakpoom Subsoontorn, and Drew Endy. Amplifying Genetic Logic Gates. Science, March 2013.
- "Scientists create transistor-like biological device," Guardian Science News.
- A great piece by Carl Zimmer on Synthetic Biology at Download The Universe: "A Comic Book Guide to Rewiring Life."