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Community Biology in Portland, Oregon!
A Portland area independent and community focused bio-science and technology group.
A Portland area independent and community focused bio-science and technology group.

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On June 13 the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision, unanimously ruling that human genes may not be patented.  What does that mean for you and me?

Join geneticist +Ian Bosdet  and the +Science on Google+: A Public Database  Community for a 30 minute conversation to discuss what this ruling may mean for the future of health and genetic research.

What's a genome, and what does it mean that human genes cannot be patented? 

Brush up before Tuesday's Hangout on Air with geneticist +Ian Bosdet. We'll discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling and answer your questions, so be sure to leave them on the event page.

RSVP here:

Event hosted by +Nic Hammond , +Jason Davison  and yours truly.

This is the first Google+ Conversation for Science on Google+ and marks the beginning of a new hangout series bringing live science to you. Our next event will be with a blockbuster scientist, blogger and writer for WIRED..the event will be a announced this afternoon!

  #scienceeveryday   #scifri   #sciencefriday   #genetics   #science   #hangouts   #hangoutsonair  

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Hey folks in #Portland ,  would you like to know more about food and biotechnology while drinking some adult beverages? Join with members of  #DIYBio  Organization on Friday  (July 5th) for a mutagenic experience!

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy ( will give a short presentation (30 min.) about Food & Biotechnology and then all of us will collectively edit wikipedia pages related to Mutated Food, using the IAEA's mutant database (

Drinks & Snacks will be provided, but you should feel free to bring some as well if you would like.

We have a few computers, but it would be great if you brought your laptop / tablet if you have one.

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Leukippos Institute

Bioengineers look beyond patents

Synthetic-biology company pushes open-source models

Heidi Ledford

"When DNA2.0, a company that synthesizes made-to-order genes, needed to conduct a few routine experiments using a fluorescent protein, its lawyers dug up more than 1,000 US patents covering their use. DNA2.0 decided to avoid the legal thicket by engineering several dozen fluorescent proteins from scratch. But the company, based in Menlo Park, California, was convinced that something had to change.

Last month, DNA2.0 deposited gene sequences encoding three of its fluorescent proteins into an open-access collection of recipes for DNA ‘parts’, molecular building blocks used to engineer organisms — often bacteria — to carry out specific functions. The company vows not to pursue its patent rights against anyone using the sequences...."


#syntheticbiology   #synbio  

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+Eugenio Battaglia 

"Fancy doing some Synthetic Biology but you don’t have access to a lab or expensive equipments?
Don’t worry. Synthetic biology is a sub-field of life sciences that requires a lot of in silico tests before eventually create life.
And even if you’re not able to code, again no prob.
Leukippos is a DIY synthetic biology lab in the cloud. This non profit group gives to everyone who can access to a web browser, the opportunity to collaborate on exiting synthetic biology projects. For this reason, Leukippos focus especially on in silico works, so that people can do science independently from their location. The spirit is similar to the OpenWorm project.  A great mission, Big issues, Collaborative simple models.

This gives many people an awesome opportunity, although if they live in low-income countries, or in areas where access to a scientific carrer is constrained. People form all over the world (e.g. India, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Portugal) who share a passion for synthetic biology and computer science have teamed-up together. Recently, two projects are in progress. The first, is a mashup app of all synthetic biology related softwares, on enlace to find everything you need to do your synthetic biology computer work. The other is a synthetic biology related game modeled after FoldIt. Teams can play online together to solve real world problems with help of synthetic biology. The work of the Leukippos project resulted in several publications. They submitted two papers produced by their synthetic biology lab to the International Workshop on Bio Design Automation that will take place this July in London, and got accepted. They have started a crowd sourcing campaign on Microryza to get the money they need for participation at this conference.

So, you got the chance to join as a member to develop the apps, or you could wait the app to play… I assure you that you won’t need skills in biology, but only a good attitude to play videogames!  Or, if you believe in this open-project please give your contributions, also a dollar worth!

Moreover, Leukippos published two reviews. One is about security and safety in synthetic biology, an important topic to keep in mind. The other is about biological computing. see references.

You can find other information on Leukippos and how to join are here.

Gerd H. G. Moe-Behrens, Rene Davis, & Karmella A. Haynes (2013). Preparing synthetic biology for the world Frontiers in MICROBIOTECHNOLOGY, ECOTOXICOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00005

Gerd HG Moe-Behrens (2013). The biological microprocessor, or how to build a computer with biological parts Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal DOI: 10.5936/csbj.201204003 "

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Like Biology and Biotech? Don't have access to equipment and reagents? Are you bit of a computer geek? Great! The OpenWorm project aims to build a complete digital replication of C. elegans - weighing in at just about 1000 cells and 302 neurons.

The real test of understanding something, though, is being able to put one together. While assembling a living C. elegans in the flesh is still a pipe dream, the scientists behind Open Worm think that enough data exists on the simple nematode that constructing a digital model of one should be doable. They just need some help on the heavy lifting, and that’s where you could come in.

If you’re a coder, a scientist, a writer, artist, or philanthropist, the project will find a place to put you to work. You can learn more about the both C. elegans and Open Worm at the project’s website.

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Sunday: Strawberry DNA Extraction in the park at 5pm!

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Help Leukippos present two papers to the International Workshop on Bio Design Automation. #openscience  
I need your help!

Many of you know Leukippos - a synthetic biology lab in the cloud. We are a group of people enthusiastic about synthetic biology and computer science. All our work is voluntary and free of charge. Many of you might know and like our daily posts about synthetic biology.

Please, help us take open science to London! We submitted two papers produced by our synthetic biology lab to the International Workshop on Bio Design Automation that will take place this July in London, and got accepted. But we need your help to cover the registration fees, and travel costs for one of our members. Please lend us a hand and support open science!

We really need this support. If you have little money, one $ can already make a difference!

Thanks for your support and please RT this post!

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Join the DIY Bio community on Google+ and share with everyone your ideas and projects your working on.

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Greetings DIYers!
I would like to do some DIY Bio research on active ingredients in living foods and how they potentially combat some of our greatest life taking diseases.

How would a DIYer go about getting cancer cells?

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Just remember this is not science fiction. Make sure you watch the whole video because the longer you watch the less you will believe it. These technologies aren't ready for wide scale clinical applications yet, but printing organs will only scratch the surface of 21st century biotech innovations.
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