Synthetic Aesthetics featured on Wallpaper's Site
Far from an ivory tower text, Synthetic Aesthetics is a true collaboration between scientists, designers and thinkers who cross borders and disciplines to test the limits of biology in the digital world.
Drew Endy on the Today Programme
Drew talks about Synthetic Aesthetics and synthetic biology - discussing how living matter can be seen as a programmable matter for manufacturing.read more
Synthetic Biology Gets Reborn as an Aesthetic Dream
Magazine issue 2966.
Schyfter, S, Frow, C and Calvert, J (guest editors) special issue of Engineering Studies ‘Synthetic biology’ 5 (1), March 2013read more
David Benjamin wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2014
Grow Your Own
From armpit brie to banana flavoured E.coli, artists and bio-hackers have teamed up to push the frontiers of 'synthetic biology' in a new exhibition.
Synthetic biology manipulates the stuff of life. For synthetic biologists, living matter is programmable material. In search of carbon-neutral fuels, sustainable manufacturing techniques, and innovative drugs, these researchers aim to redesign existing organisms and even construct completely novel biological...read more
Interdisciplinarity: Artistic merit
"Options abound for scientists who want to get in touch with their inner artist, whether professionally or as a hobby.
Christina Agapakis thought that her interest in art would always be separate from her pursuit of science, especially once she had decided to do postgraduate studies in biology....
"With huge advances in synthetic biology, the creation of life in a lab, once the preserve of sci-fi novels, is looking more and more like a reality. As bioengineers grapple with the science in Edinburgh, they have teamed up with a group of artists to explore the creative possibilities – and pitfalls – of this brave new world."...read more
The Sounds of Science
States of Design 07: Bio-design
Technological biology?: Things and kinds in synthetic biology
The Changing Nature of Things
Visions of Synthetic Biology
Standing reserves of function: A Heideggerian reading of synthetic biology
The Irrational Genome Design Contest
Illusions of Control
Synthetic Aesthetics, exploring the territory between art, design and synthetic biology
Hosted by OpenWetWare, a good starting point.
Wiki site to promote the sharing of information among researchers working in biology & biological engineering.
A not-for-profit organization founded by engineers and scientists from MIT, Harvard, and UCSF. BBF encourages the development and responsible use of technologies based on BioBrick™ standard DNA parts.
International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition, the undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition.
The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center is a multi-institution research effort: Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkely, UCSF.
Human practices research into ethics and synthetic biology.
The world's first biological design-build facility.
Synthetic Biology Standards Network
An interdisciplinary network for UK academics working in synthetic biology, primarily concerned with issues relating to standards and characterisation.
Synthetic Biology resources from Cambridge University.
Centre for Synthetic Biology
Imperial College, London.
Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology Gateway, Journal of the Royal Society.
Research project that aims to foster informed public and policy discourse concerning the advancement of synthetic biology, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Hastings Center
US-based bioethics think tank researching philosophy and ethics of synthetic biology.
J.Craig Venter Insitutute synbio policy research
Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance, research funded by the Sloan Foundation.
Community for citizen biology.
Synbio commentator Rob Carlson's blog.
Design/Art and Science
A web resource for projects that involve DIY bioart, open source software and electronic experimentation.
iGEM 2009 team from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India worked with National Centre for Biological Sciences to design a bacteria that produces the smell of rain.
The art and science collaborative laboratory at the University of Western Australia.
Tissue Culture & Arts Project
Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr famously grew and ate the first victimless steak.
Art|Sci Center, UCLA
Collaborations between (media) arts and (bio/nano) sciences.
Design and the Elastic Mind
2008 exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, NYC, highlighted "examples of successful translation of disruptive innovation, examples based on ongoing research, as well as reflections on the future responsibilities of design."
Exhibition of speculative design work at the Science Gallery, Dublin, 2009.
EPSRC project linking 15 research groups with designers from Design Interactions, Royal College of Art. Exhibition: March 2010, RCA London.
A design and science collaborative project, designing rings with bioengineered bone tissue.
UK-based, the Arts Catalyst commissions contemporary art that experimentally and critically engages with science.
NOBELlini: Blind Data
30 young scientists paired with 30 design students to create design products that communicate science. A follow-on from NOBEL textiles, where 5 Nobel Prize-winning scientists worked with textile designers.
Blog from SymbioticA/RMIT Biotech and Art workshop, Melbourne, 2009.
Future jobs - So what might you be doing?
According to the UK government...