Monthly Archives: June 2011


Synthetic Biology 5.0 Was a HUGE Success!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful group of people I worked with to make this the best conference I have ever gone to – Caroline Ajo Franklin, Jeff Tabor, Drew Endy, Holly Mililion, Lauren Ha and Thi van anh Thach.  I learned a tremendous amount in the process, and it […]


Julius Featured in Nature News – Life Hackers Seek New Tools

Building up to SB 5.0, Erica Check Hayden, checked in to see how the conference was shaping up – http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110614/full/474261a.html.  It turned out to be a great piece on the state of the field of Synthetic Biology, and the excitement surrounding SB 5.0.  And SHAPE-Seq got a plug too!


Let them Eat Dirt!

The article that Julius and Sera worked on when Sera was a graduate student at Cornell (and Julius was visiting with David Nelson on his sabbatical) finally came out in the Quarterly Review of Biology – http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1086/659884.  A LOT of press about it, including – http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=let-them-eat-dirt-11-06-03 .


Three PNAS Papers in a Row!

I can honestly say that we didn’t plan it like this, but the two SHAPE-Seq papers – “Multiplexed RNA structure characterization with selective 2’-hydroxyl acylation analyzed by primer extension sequencing (SHAPE-Seq).” (10.1073/pnas.1106501108) and “Modeling and automation of sequencing-based characterization of RNA structure.” (10.1073/pnas.1106541108) – came out on the heels of […]