New Frontiers in Medical Science: From Copying Life to Building Life

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Dr. Karmella Haynes will present “Synthetic Biology: From Copying Life to Building Life” at the Arizona Science Center on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Visit http://azscience.org/who_are_you/new_frontiers_in_medical_science for details on the event.

Haynes lab undergraduates to speak at the 2013 IBE conference

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Congratulations to Caroline Hom (Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative fellow) and the 2012 ASU iGEM team members Khateeb Hyder Hussain, Ryan Muller, Nisarg Patel, and Abhinav Markus (FURI) for being invited to give oral presentations at the 2013 Institute for Biological Engineering conference this week!

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Review – Frontiers in Bioengineering – Preparing synthetic biology for the world

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Preparing synthetic biology for the world
Moe-Behrens GHG, Davis R, Haynes KA (2013) Front. Microbio. 4: 1-10. PMID: 23355834

Synthetic biology aims to develop self-replicating systems that are durable enough to operate reliably in complex environments such as the human gut, polluted soil, and other areas in which disease or toxins need to be remediated. Although helpful, this robustness in “open environments” (outside of the research lab) has raised concerns about lack of control of genetically engineered cells. In this review we discuss early development and advances (from the 1980’s to the present) in built-in, genetically encoded safety switches.

Happy Holidays!

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Our tree is decorated with materials from around the lab, and is topped with a portrait of Charles Darwin donning a festive Santa hat.

Congratulations! Three Haynes lab undergraduates got research funding.

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Congratulations to Abhinav Markus, Amanda Ispas, and Brady Laughlin for getting research support from the Fulton Undergraduate Research initiative (FURI) for 2013.

Engineering students’ research in spotlight at major biomedical conferences

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J. Kullman, 11.13.2012, ASU Full Circle: Caroline Hom, a senior biomedical engineering major and Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Fellow, presented her work on a project titled “Synthetic Biology and Bioinformatics for Predictable Control of Therapeutic Genes.”

Read more at ASU Full Circle.

Student team wins gold in synthetic biology competition

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S. Leander, 10.19.2012, ASU News: A team of Arizona State University undergraduates earned a gold medal and a spot in the international championship event for one of the world’s premiere student engineering and science competitions. In addition, the ASU team won the prestigious “Best Human Practices Advance” award. This award is presented to teams working to find new ways to help people address the impacts of ongoing advances in biotechnology.

Read more at ASU News.