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Celebrating International Beer Day? Celebrate Biotechnology!

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International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the Read More >

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New Brazilian Biodiversity Law Provides Opportunities for Innovation

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Brazil has a large share of the world’s biodiversity, which can be better explored since the new Act. No 13.123/15, recently sanctioned by the President. This law implements measures that can contribute to greater access to Brazilian biodiversity and change the current scenario of innovation originated from natural products. Researchers from the main Brazilian research centers use different plant extracts aiming the identification of compounds with potential use in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, agriculture, among Read More >

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Jennifer Holmgren Honored for Leadership – Presented BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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Rosalind Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Her work was published alongside, but not recognized as a contributing factor to, Francis Crick’s and James Watson’s model of the structure of DNA. BIO’s 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award, sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society, is a way to honor Rosalind Franklin’s discoveries by awarding it to a woman who exemplifies her leadership and pioneering Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Products: Cost Competitive and Performance Driven

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The Monday morning BIO World Congress session, commanded an overcrowded and enthusiastic attendance, and one of the few times where presentations involved the importance of synthetic biology technology for the production of consumer products, which drew more attention than ever before. The session was kicked off by the CEO of Modular Genetics, Kevin Jarrell, who spoke about the production of glycinate an ultra-mild surfactant made by using engineered microorganism which converted underutilized agricultural waste material into useful renewable chemicals found Read More >

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Risks and Benefits from Synbio Processes

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At this Wednesday morning BIO World Congress session, Thomas Ishoey, VP at Synthetic Genomics gave an overview of applying synthetic biology towards the development of proprietary synthetic routes, and key genes/pathways for strain development of enzymes and renewable chemicals. The benefits include, creating proprietary pathways and discovery and engineering of new to the world molecules, their activities and allowing scalable, robust routes, and cost parity to incumbent technologies. Some challenges mentioned were based on aerobic metabolism, low biomass Read More >

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