DIY Synthetic Biology by Charlottesville Open Bio Labs
Open Bio Labs
August 18th, 2015
What we’re gonna talk about...
● What is Synthetic Biology?
● Brief History
● Disruptive Trends
● The Shifting Mindset
● The Landscape Today
● What’s Coming Next
● How You Can Participate
A new interdisciplinary field combining engineering
principles with biology to (re-)design and fabricate
biological components and systems that do not
already exist in the natural world.
Synthetic Biology community
Engaging students and the
public in the development of
the new field of synthetic
Biobricks are modular genetic components with which you
can create complex circuits.
Every year, iGEM teams must submit new and fully
characterized biobricks to the catalog.
Huge open-access repository of Biobricks.
Emergence of DIY Biology
2009: Genspace was founded.
Today: Over 60 DIY labs globally.
Evident with the internet and MOOCS
Evident with the maker movement
New way of learning
New way of conducting science
Unprecedented global collaboration
Crowd-sourced experiments, solutions and datasets
Citizen scientists make an impact
We have an intellectual density unheard of
The only thing missing is biology and science.
Why C-ville is ripe to lead!
Open Bio Labs fills the science
shaped hole in your heart.
We are a non-profit organization
We see potential
We know you feel the same
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who has a million dollar idea but no where to pursue it.
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