For the last two days we've been at the SBA2017 conference in Sydney organised by the good folk at Macquarie University (big shout out to the key organizers Natalie Curach, Anwar Sunna and Ian Paulsen). The line up of national and international speakers was superb, including John Glass (bottom up genome design), Matthew Chang (engineering the gut microbiome) and Jim Haseloff (open-plant). In addition to the technical side of SynBio we contemplated the ethical and social issues with Ainsley Newson and Lucy Carter, and hear from the fantastic Australian iGEM teams. The Australian SynBio community seems to be growing from strength to strength, but seems to remain the friendly and collegiate and a strong focus on responsible technoloy development.
Above: John Glass, who has successfully generated wholly synthetic genomes, from the Craig Venter Institute talking with the Australian iGEM teams.