The following is from the BioBricks Foundation where research into synthetic biology and biotechnology is taking place. The article and video below are from the BioBricks Foundation About page. I’ll be keeping an eye on their research and I will post anything interesting that arises from it here on Dawn of Giants.
About the BioBricks Foundation
The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a 501(c)(3) public-benefit organization founded in 2006 by scientists and engineers who recognized that synthetic biology had the potential to produce big impacts on people and the planet and who wanted to ensure that this emerging field would serve the public interest.
Our mission is to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet.
We envision a world in which scientists and engineers work together using freely available standardized biological parts that are safe, ethical, cost effective and publicly accessible to create solutions to the problems facing humanity.
We envision synthetic biology as a force for good in the world. We see a future in which architecture, medicine, environmental remediation, agriculture, and other fields use synthetic biology.
We believe biosecurity, biosafety, bioethics, environmental health, and sustainability must be integrated with scientific research and applied technology.
We bring together engineers, scientists, attorneys, innovators, teachers, students, policymakers, and ordinary citizens to make this vision a reality.
Decoding Synthetic Biology on KQED’s “Quest”
Imagine living cells acting as memory devices; biofuels brewing from yeast, or a light receptor taken from algae that makes photographs on a plate of bacteria. With the new science of synthetic biology, the goal is to make biology easier to engineer so that new functions can be derived from living systems. Find out the tools that Bay Area synthetic biologists are using and the exciting things they are building.
This summary can also be found at http://biobricks.org/about-foundation/