Poor countries urged to get ready for synthetic biology

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On January 17th, the  Science and Development Network published this article from Mićo Tatalović on synthetic biology products:

Environmental campaigners are urging developing countries to include the rapidly advancing science of synthetic biology —the building of new organisms using genes as biological ‘bricks’— in their biosafety…

Read the full story on SciDevNet

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Read the letter from Friends of the Earth
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Craig Venter creates the company Synthetic Genomics

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The scientific rebel J. Craig Venter created headlines —and drew comparisons to Dr. Frankenstein— when he announced in May that his team had created what, with a bit of stretching, could be called the first synthetic living creature.

Two months later, only a smattering of reporters and local dignitaries bothered to show up at a news conference to hear Dr. Venter talk about a new greenhouse that his company, Synthetic Genomics, had built outside its headquarters here to conduct research.

Read the full story in The New York Times

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Género y parrilla (2)

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La segunda entrega de las crónicas de Vanessa Pleguezuelos y Sergio Arroyo desde Buenos Aires la narran ellos mismos en persona en esta entrevista que les realiza Guillermo Lobo, director del programa TN Ciencia del canal Todo Noticias. Los jóvenes han realizado en ese canal un mes de prácticas correspondientes al XIV Máster en Comunicación Científica, Médica y Ambiental (IDEC-UPF), que coordina el Observatorio de la Comunicación Científica. Además de hablar sobre su experiencia en Buenos Aires, Vanessa y Sergio destacan el que, desde su unto de vista profesional (la biología y la antropología), han sido los principales hallazgos científicos del 2010. No os perdáis el vídeo:

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