Navigation Links
National Science Foundation awards $1 million to improve the efficiency of DNA fabrication
Date:7/26/2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year $999,531 grant to Virginia Tech to optimize the laboratory processes used to make custom DNA molecules with the tools and methods of industrial engineering. The interdisciplinary team led by Jean Peccoud, Associate Professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute also includes Kimberly Ellis and Jaime Camelio, Associate Professors in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, at Virginia Tech.

The concept of DNA fabrication has its roots in synthetic biology, an emerging area of biological research that applies engineering methods to design, build, and characterize artificial biological systems that meet user-defined specifications. DNA fabrication combines natural and chemically synthetized DNA fragments together in order to make larger DNA molecules that conform to computer-designed sequences.

DNA fabrication includes gene synthesis, the process of assembling chemically synthesized oligonucleotides into double-stranded DNA fragments. It also includes more traditional activities such as the development of mutant collections or libraries of plasmid expressing families of proteins. In this broad perspective, most biologists practice DNA fabrication, although they are more likely to call it molecular biology or genetic engineering.

"The reward of this project is a much-needed increase in productivity of the life science research enterprise. Our national R&D infrastructure needs to be more fiscally responsible in these times of constrained budgets. In order to enhance U.S. competitiveness, it is necessary to find ways of producing more data, more discoveries, and more applications with stable or shrinking resources," said Peccoud. "We are proposing a change of paradigm in laboratory management that will enable American biotechnology companies to create manufacturing jobs for people who did not have a chance to receive a college education."

DNA fabrication projects rely on low-cost instruments and laboratory infrastructure commonly available to life scientists. Unfortunately, the lack of a suitable framework to analyze DNA fabrication now limits its effectiveness. "The process of assembling a DNA molecule corresponding to a user-defined sequence is similar to the process of making a mechanical part that requires casting, turning, and milling operations based on CAD drawings provided by a customer," said Ellis, Site Director for the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution. "DNA fabrication processes are similar to complex job shops producing customized products for specific customers in a variety of production volumes."

"This project will provide unique cross-training opportunities in biology and engineering for undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows," said Camelio, Director of the Virginia Tech Graduate Program in Industrial and Systems Engineering. "It will give industrial engineering students an opportunity to explore a new frontier. Life science students will gain exposure to management techniques that will help them streamline the operation of their labs in academia or industry after they graduate."


'/>"/>
Contact: Aleta Todd Delaplane
aleta9@vbi.vt.edu
540-231-6966
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. International regulation curbs illegal trade of caviar
2. The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry presented its 2012 awards at CYTO 2012
3. International congress on behavior, animal husbandry and animal well-being in Vienna
4. Rice receives $1 million INSPIRE award from National Science Foundation
5. 500 international cloud researchers meet in Leipzig
6. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012
7. Elsevier launches International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
8. Israel to set up National Center for Mediterranean Sea Research, headed by U of Haifa
9. WALTHAM® demonstrates commitment to scientific dialogue and exchange at international human animal interaction conference
10. Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation, says CU-Boulder-led study
11. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
National Science Foundation awards $1 million to improve the efficiency of DNA fabrication
(Date:4/13/2017)... According to a new market research report "Consumer IAM Market by ... Service, Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to ... USD 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD 31.75 Billion by 2022, at ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... their offering. ... tracking market to grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during the ... 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with ... its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or ... independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards and Mr. ... the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive Officer said," ... and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we move forward ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2017)... and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ... (NASDAQ: UTHR ) today announced that its ... $250 million of the company,s common stock. This program ... December 31, 2017. Purchases may be made in the ... transactions from time to time as determined by United ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Mitotech S.A, a Luxembourg ... Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) patients. LHON is a rare devastating genetic disease that leads ... eye drops in a group of 20 patients carrying 11778, 14484 and 3460 mutations ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 ... ... hear from a practicing internist, who will review how testing for 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D ... that prompt ordering of 25-OH-vitamin D and 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D. , Dr. Gregory ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Volunteers supported by ... researchers, engineers, and industry professionals in visiting U.S. Congressional offices in Washington, D.C., ... the world photonics industry. , This year, National Photonics Initiative (NPI) ...
Breaking Biology Technology: