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Jean Peccoud
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Professor | Systems Biology - Synthetic Biology - Computational Biology
Professor | Systems Biology - Synthetic Biology - Computational Biology

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This situation is wrong on so many levels. Academia is training too many PhD because it needs cheap labor. Academia is training too many people for academic positions that don't exist instead of preparing most of the students to jobs in industry. Sorry for venting a little.

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Save the date to attend the 7th International Conference on Synthetic Biology in June 2017.

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Hands-on Introduction to Gene Synthesis: After three years of work, I am very pleased to release my latest book on Gene Synthesis. This laboratory handbook is a follow-up of "Gene Synthesis: Methods and Protocols" published in 2012 by Wiley. This volume is more focused on training undergraduate students, citizen scientists, engineers, and generally people who have no prior experience in experimental biology. The book starts with the basics like pipetting skills and progressively builds on that foundation. By the end of the training, students are capable of synthesizing an entire DNA molecule used in a synthetic biology project. Each chapter comes with practical exercises to verify the student progress.

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Interesting paper showing the challenges of hyper-specialization in science. Different scientific communities work on the same problem with little communication. Besides the intrinsic difficulty of grasping the multiple facets of big questions like health, careers are made by name recognition in one community. Reaching out outside of one home community can be distracting or even damaging in the long term.

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Interesting survey describing how DNA sequencing helps better understand the evolutionary dynamics of cancer and the new therapy strategies that can take advantage of it.

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Twist Biosecience recently purchased Genome Compiler. This is a sign that Genome Compiler business model was not viable and that the Genetic Design industry remains to be imagined.

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Over the last six months, I have been working hard with a wonderful team at Oxford University Press to prepare the launch of the journal Synthetic Biology. I am happy to report that we are now ready to take your submissions.

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Over the last six months, I have been working hard with a wonderful team at Oxford University Press to prepare the launch of the journal Synthetic Biology. I am happy to report that we are now ready to take your submissions.

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Suggest A Plasmid You'd Like to Find at @Addgene: How often do you find it difficult to get the plasmids you need? How often the plasmid you need does not exist? How often do you work with a plasmid that's not the one you need because the one you need have never been published. I'd love to hear about your plasmid frustrations.

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Scientists have created a single chart that illustrates the circle of life: Does that diagram look complicated? Now imagine all the species we have yet to discover in our landfills, at the bottom of the ocean, in hot springs, and everywhere else we have not look at yet. Estimates of the total number of species on earth vary widely. It is also interesting to anticipate species extinctions. Will the number of species going extinct grow faster that the number species discovered.
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