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Synthia! SYNTHIA!
« on: September 06, 2014, 05:57:01 PM »
So I haven't seen too many threads around here about Synthia, or

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycoplasma_laboratorium

The only one I could find was from years back.

http://forum.darwinbots.com/index.php?topic=2262.0

The tone of that thread doesn't seem very enthusiastic overall.

Now though they've moved onto synthesizing the yeast genome.

http://www.nature.com/news/first-synthetic-yeast-chromosome-revealed-1.14941

http://syntheticyeast.org/

And trying to collect every genome they can from all the brewing companies historic yeast stores.

http://yeastmine.yeastgenome.org/yeastmine/begin.do

So I just wanted to start a discussion on Darwinbots here about synthetic biology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_biology

With all the recent advances I'd expect a lot more discussion around here as Darwinbots is basically a digital version of synthetic biology.

I for one am excited to see what they can learn from a large sampling of yeast genomes. Even though the tools are still relatively crude and costly, there still seems to be interesting things that can be done cheaply, and the toolset is always increasing in size. A lot of companies have failed though for apparently failing to keep their aspirations within the realm of possibility as complexity increases quickly in synthetic biology.

Anyway if you want to get deeper into synthetic biology these are some good sites to start.

http://diybio.org/
http://biopunk.org/
http://openwetware.org/wiki/Main_Page

Otherwise this is more or less an open discussion, to increase awareness, and hear peoples thoughts/criticisms on the field of synthetic biology. :)
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