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Molecular roll of the dice delivers winning combinations
13, May 2024

Molecular roll of the dice delivers winning combinations

Australian researchers have shed light on the shape-shifting capabilities of protein assemblies, with results that could revolutionise fields from biomanufacturing to vaccine development. Led by the University of Sydney’s Dr...

The Wealth in Waste: Australia’s Advantage in Advanced Biomanufacturing and Synthetic Biology
2, May 2024

The Wealth in Waste: Australia’s Advantage in Advanced Biomanufacturing and Synthetic Biology

The Prime Minister’s call for a stronger Australian advanced manufacturing sector has been applauded by scientists and start-ups driving innovation through synthetic biology. But with strong global competition for our best...

Valuing the benefits of nature
8, Apr 2024

Valuing the benefits of nature

A new set of guidelines aims to set a national standard for fair use of genetic resources. About a year ago, a researcher was trying to send Australian native sorghum...

Highs and lows of creating world-first chromosomes
3, Apr 2024

Highs and lows of creating world-first chromosomes

A decade-long quest to create chromosomes for the world’s first entirely synthetic yeast is nearly complete for Macquarie University researchers. 'Would we have started this if we knew it was...

Science Meets Parliament 2024
28, Mar 2024

Science Meets Parliament 2024

Six representatives from the Centre headed to Parliament House in Canberra to attend Science Meets Parliament on 20-21 March 2024. The event was attended by more than 360 delegates, making...

Cauldron tech approval a boost for biomanufacturing
13, Mar 2024

Cauldron tech approval a boost for biomanufacturing

Industry partner Cauldron has just received approval from the gene technology regulator to produce animal proteins using microbes in batches of up to 10,000 litres. The approval of its proprietary...

Sweetener for the sugar industry
21, Feb 2024

Sweetener for the sugar industry

Nothing says northern Australia like fields of lush, waving sugar cane. Yet only a third of the tropical harvest becomes valuable sugar products. The rest is considered waste. That 30...

Bringing the sweet to the synthetic
19, Feb 2024

Bringing the sweet to the synthetic

A team at Macquarie University has developed a unique method for analysing sugars in cells to provide valuable insights for synthetic biology. Distinguished Professor Nicki Packer and team work with...

Microbial marvels turn waste gases into green gold
15, Feb 2024

Microbial marvels turn waste gases into green gold

What if we could encourage microbes to eat greenhouse gases being pumped into our atmosphere at alarming levels and create sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials instead? In essence, that’s what...

Synthetic biology rocks Woodford Festival
1, Feb 2024

Synthetic biology rocks Woodford Festival

Synthetic biology researchers and associates joined a line-up of more than 2000 artists, musicians and presenters at the 2023/4 Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Two panel discussions on synthetic biology...

Annual conference champions sustainability
31, Jan 2024

Annual conference champions sustainability

Sustainability took centre stage at the Centre’s third annual conference held in December 2023 against the scenic backdrop of the Sunshine Coast. A call to urgently reduce carbon impact resonated...

Enzymes for biocatalysis and bioremediation
29, Jan 2024

Enzymes for biocatalysis and bioremediation

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology have discovered a new enzyme in a common soil bacterium which has significance for both biotechnology and environmental science. Macquarie...