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Archive for June, 2007

The Rise of RNA

Posted by sprague on June 25, 2007

The Economist does a good survey of the shakeup happening among biologists as they realize the central importance of RNA in understanding life.

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Systems Biology Conference

Posted by sprague on June 22, 2007

The Institute for Systems Biology held its 6th Annual International Symposium, Systems Biology and the Environment, in April 2007 at its research facility in Seattle, Washington.

The two day event featured leading researchers in the areas of energy sources, interactions between the environment and microbial communities, plant systems biology, biological responses to extreme environments, biodiversity, toxicology, and infectious disease.

Conference sessions are viewable free on line here.

Don Rule says the presentations by Sallie Chisholm and Antoine Danchin were pretty interesting. Ben Kerr was the most entertaining.

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Amyris making fuel from biology

Posted by sprague on June 5, 2007

The NYTimes reports on Amyris, a new biotech company using its knowledge of metabolism to make extremely efficient fuels.

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