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Programmable biology in the test tube

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Synthetic gene circuits can be used to generate rapid and low-cost paper-based diagnostics for diseases including Zika and Ebola. Dr Vincent Noireaux (University of Minnesota), Dr Nick Rollins (Cambridge Consultants) and Dr Fernan Federici (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and University of Cambridge) present the technology and its disruptive implications during this seminar and hands-on prototyping workshop.

During the event, the OpenPlant Fund will launch a linked call for mini-grants to support interdisciplinary collaborations on the theme of in vitro synthetic biology.


10:00 Practical Session 1 - Introduction to cell-free system and assay set-up

12:00 Open lunchtime seminars, Large Lecture Theatre

Keynote: 'Cell-free Synthetic Biology', Dr Vincent Noireaux (University of Minnesota)

XylemDx and paper-based diagnostics', Dr Nick Rollins (Cambridge Consultants). Further talks TBCQ&A panel session on challenges and opportunities for in vitro synthetic biology. Launch of an OpenPlant Fund call for innovative, interdisciplinary and open technology projects. Introduction to forthcoming opportunities from Global Challenge Research Funds

14:00 Practical Session 2 - analysis of assay results

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Places are limited to a maximum of 30 for the practical session so we ask that you apply giving a brief statement about your interests and background by midnight on Mon 10 Oct. Places will be confirmed on Wed 12 Oct.

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Deadline Mon 10 Oct 2016, confirmation of places on Wed 12 Oct 2016.

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