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
'/>"/>

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

Page: 1 2

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:10/30/2014)... news release is available in German . ... as individuals prompt our fellow humans to behave socially? ... social dilemmas in game theory. Previous studies assumed that ... groups. Nonetheless, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for ... can exert an influence on the cooperative behaviour of ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite ... between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything ... our pets. , "We,ve developed a platform for computer-mediated ... to new avenues for interpreting dogs, behavioral signals and ... Dr. David Roberts, an assistant professor of computer science ...
(Date:10/29/2014)... oil and gas production are well over recommended levels ... access journal Environmental Health . High levels of ... is the first to be based on community sampling ... be used to supplement official air-quality monitoring programs. , ... not readily flow to the surface. This is because ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Together we are strong -- or insufferable 2Together we are strong -- or insufferable 3Together we are strong -- or insufferable 4New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans 2Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites 2Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites 3
... not all plants from the same species can be ... only prevent the exchange of genes between well-established species ... but also between varieties of one and the same ... if one wants to understand the origin of biodiversity. ...
... global inventory of farm animals showing many breeds of ... extinction, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural ... genebanks to conserve the sperm and ovaries of key ... An over-reliance on just a few breeds of ...
... clear nearly a century ago that many genes likely influence ... has followed in defining the myriad genes. Now an international ... a genetic variant associated with human height the first ... in the September 2 advance online edition of Nature Genetics, ...
Cached Biology News:How the plant immune system can drive the formation of new species 2How the plant immune system can drive the formation of new species 3Report: African, Asian, Latin American farm animals face extinction 2Report: African, Asian, Latin American farm animals face extinction 3Report: African, Asian, Latin American farm animals face extinction 4Genome study shines light on genetic link to height 2Genome study shines light on genetic link to height 3
(Date:10/30/2014)... 2014  Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDX ... gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases, today announced that it ... Thursday, November 6, 2014. Following the announcement, the ... call and webcast at 4:30pm ET to review ... update. The live webcast can be ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 SoundConnect , ... offers Office 365 end users the key to ... phone system by adding voice enablement and hybrid ... Lync Online, a communication tool that includes presence, ... hosted voice, O365 becomes a comprehensive unified communications ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 Whitehouse Laboratories ... its ICH Stability Testing and Package Test Capacity. Responding ... centers on a dramatic increase in environmental chamber storage ... stability, storage and aging samples to be securely held ... this major capital expenditure has already taken place with ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... A new report, commissioned by BioCrossroads and ... in-depth look at Indiana,s capital ... two different time frames: 1993 to 2002 and 2003 ... opportunities for investment growth.  The Life Science Innovation ... gains in innovation dollars as well as an increase ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ardelyx to Report Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results on November 6, 2014 2SoundConnect Launches Voice Enablement and Hybrid Audio Conferencing for Office 365 2SoundConnect Launches Voice Enablement and Hybrid Audio Conferencing for Office 365 3Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 2Whitehouse Labs Announces Major Capital Investment in Stability and Storage Testing Capacity 3New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 2New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 3New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 4New report shows Indiana's gains in life sciences innovation capital outpace the nation 5
... 18 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --,China-Biotics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ... specializing in the manufacture,research, development, marketing and ... applied for listing approval on the Nasdaq ... milestone for China-Biotics, and we are committed,to ...
... 18 Swedish environmental technology,company SEKAB has signed ... its sustainability with LDC Bioenergia, a Brazilian ethanol,and ... group Louis Dreyfus., "The agreement safeguards supplies ... production chain for environmental and social,sustainability," says Anders ...
... a magnet that,s smaller than the head of a pin? ... of MRI technique to do just that. , The technique may ... doctors a new tool for studying the plaques in blood vessels ... In a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, the ...
Cached Biology Technology:China-Biotics, Inc. Files Application for Nasdaq Listing 2SEKAB Agreement: More Verified Ethanol to Europe 2New kind of MRI enables study of magnets for computer memory 2New kind of MRI enables study of magnets for computer memory 3
... harvesting of cells • Blade design minimizes ... the growth surface • Designed for use ... wrapped • Sterilized by gamma radiation and ... a new product number, created to easily ...
... single use spatulas have been designed to ... are for those interested in eliminating the ... Each spatula is individually packaged, RNase/DNase free, ... is a new product number, created to ...
... use with dishes and cell culture clusters. ... product number, created to easily match Cornings ... please order under the old Sigma-Aldrich number ... Comp Dim: blade L 1.9 cm handle ...
... interferons are cytopathic effect inhibition assays, also ... The neutralization assay measures the antibody's ability ... cytokine. Sample types include; tissue culture supernatents; ... assays, one unit is defined as the ...
Biology Products: