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…
A position of manager of the Communication and Public Engagement Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Europe’s largest genome centre) is open for applications. The job is full-time and based at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, south of Cambridge. This person needs to be a dynamic communicator with high-level negotiation skills.
Closing date: 16 December, 2010.
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.