May 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Not so long ago in a lab kind of close to here, synthetic biology, as a field, was transitioning into the territory of developing the first "synthetic cell". The question everyone was wondering - was this cell the first man-made cell or not?
Craig Venter, known for working on the Human genome project among other ventures (no pun intended), in 2010 recently published a paper outlining a method for the creation of what some are calling "a synthetic cell".
For our second journal club meeting we will be going over this paper "Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome" Gibson et al., some of its technical aspects of accomplishing this feat, and what further improvements can be done to create a truly brand new organism from the nucleic acid programming instructions present in almost all biological organisms on this planet.
Join us at Bio, Tech and Beyond, Tuesday May 7th for stimulating discussions and eye opening discoveries. Refreshments will be provided. For food, I am thinking we can do a little potluck and everyone bring food items to share. If you are interested in bringing food please post below what you intend to bring that way we don't end up with 20 jars of salsa and no chips. :-) For drinks please consider donating a dollar or two for our drinks fund!
Contact me if you would like a copy of the journal article. My email is sportsman.rich (at) gmail dot com. Hope to see you there!