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Honour for Centre social scientist
11, Nov 2022

Honour for Centre social scientist

  Chief Investigator Professor Brad Sherman has joined the ranks of Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Sherman, of the University of Queensland, is among 34 researchers newly...

Science Minister lends light touch to official Centre launch
9, Nov 2022

Science Minister lends light touch to official Centre launch

The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science, has officially launched the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology. With $35 million in funding through the...

Chemicals from plastics can kill oxygen-producing ocean bacteria
3, Nov 2022

Chemicals from plastics can kill oxygen-producing ocean bacteria

A new study has found that the chemicals leaching from plastics can change the mix of microbial life in seawater and can harm microbes critical to oxygen production in our...

Using bioengineered yeast to feed humans off-Earth
3, Nov 2022

Using bioengineered yeast to feed humans off-Earth

Take a common form of yeast, a 3D printer, and some clever science, and what do you have? A versatile and nutritious food system for tomorrow’s discerning space traveller.   In...

Here’s cheers to a new wild yeast zoo
3, Nov 2022

Here’s cheers to a new wild yeast zoo

A citizen science project to unearth the ingredients for new Australian yeast beers has launched in Newcastle, NSW. The Wild Yeast Zoo is a collaboration between CoESB researchers from the University...

Samsara funding round raises $54m
2, Nov 2022

Samsara funding round raises $54m

Samsara Eco, an Australian start-up that uses enzyme-based technology to break down plastic into its core molecules, has raised $54 million AUD in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. The...

Future Fellowship success
14, Sep 2022

Future Fellowship success

Centre members, Dr Amy Cain and Associate Professor Tim Mercer are among 10 mid-career researchers nationally to be named awarded Australian Research Council Future Fellowships. Dr Amy Cain, of Macquarie...

New-to-nature yeast chromosome could be game changer for industry
8, Aug 2022

New-to-nature yeast chromosome could be game changer for industry

A completely new-to-nature yeast chromosome has been developed, paving the way for engineered yeast to be applied to an array of industrial applications.   Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence...

Communicating with plants in the future
2, Aug 2022

Communicating with plants in the future

Can we communicate with plants by drawing on First Nations knowledge and futuristic biotechnologies? This question will be explored in an event at Sydney’s Carriageworks for National Science Week 2022....

A flourishing Tall Poppy
12, Jul 2022

A flourishing Tall Poppy

Dr Amy Cain from the Centre’s Macquarie node has won a prestigious NSW Tall Poppy Award in recognition of her science and outreach work. An initiative of the Australian Institute...

Prestigious win for two Centre researchers
17, Jun 2022

Prestigious win for two Centre researchers

Two Centre members have won the prestigious Frank Fenner award from the Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM). Amy Cain, of Macquarie University, and Karl Hassan, of University of Newcastle, have...

Are the ethics of synthetic biology fit for purpose?
6, Jun 2022

Are the ethics of synthetic biology fit for purpose?

Synthetic biology promises far reaching solutions to human concerns, from averting climate catastrophes to medical breakthroughs.  But are ethics keeping pace with emerging technology?  The case study of engineered Artemisinin,...