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Synthetic Biology in Germany

First MaxSynBio Innovation Workshop

From fundamental research in synthetic biology towards applications - transferring technologies and methods. An innovative workshop at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.

MaxSynBio Innovation Workshop '19

From fundamental research in synthetic biology towards applications - transferring technologies and methods. An innovative workshop at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.


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At the Max Planck Bristol Center in Minimal Biology, scientists from the three MPIs for Medical Research, Biochemistry, and Polymer Research, together with their colleagues from the University of Bristol, will conduct research in the new interdisciplinary field of minimal biology, incorporating insights from chemistry, biology and microtechnology. The researchers want to gain a better understanding of three key topics: synthetic cellularity or protobiology, which aim to understand the transition from inanimate to animate matter; the production of synthetic cytoskeletons from non-biological molecules; and synthetic biology on the nanoscale. The latter aims to minimise a viral genome in order to introduce tailor-made functionalities into cells. With this research collaboration, the scientists from the University of Bristol and the Max Planck Society are securing themselves a good position in international competition in the rapidly growing field of Synthetic Biology.

New Max Planck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology announced

At the Max Planck Bristol Center in Minimal Biology, scientists from the three MPIs for Medical Research, Biochemistry, and Polymer Research, together with their colleagues from the University of Bristol, will conduct research in the new interdisciplinary field of minimal biology, incorporating insights from chemistry, biology and microtechnology. The researchers want to gain a better understanding of three key topics: synthetic cellularity or protobiology, which aim to understand the transition from inanimate to animate matter; the production of synthetic cytoskeletons from non-biological molecules; and synthetic biology on the nanoscale. The latter aims to minimise a viral genome in order to introduce tailor-made functionalities into cells. With this research collaboration, the scientists from the University of Bristol and the Max Planck Society are securing themselves a good position in international competition in the rapidly growing field of Synthetic Biology. [more]

MaxSynBio

The Max Planck Society and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research dedicate the new research project MaxSynBio to Synthetic Biology. Research groups from nine Max Planck Institutes across Germany, as well as the Department of Theology of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, are involved.  The project started on 1st of August 2014 and will run initially until the end of July 2020. The scientific coordinators of the project are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher (MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg) and Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille (MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried).
 
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