NWO-XL grant for Gijs Wuite and David Dulin

BaSyC PI’s Gijs Wuite and David Dulin from VU Amsterdam have been awarded a NWO-XL grant for their research proposal with the title ‘Know your enemy: deciphering coronavirus biochemical cycles from RNA synthesis to assembly.’

(photos: VU Amsterdam)
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Position paper published and new podcast

The Rathenau Instituut and Radboud University published a position paper with the title ‘Society and synthetic cells - A position paper by the Future Panel on Synthetic Life' that summarizes 2 years of joint effort within the Future Panel, expressed in shared insights, key challenges and recommendations on how synthetic cells may contribute to a fair and sustainable future.

(image: Rathenau Instituut)
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ERC Advanced Grant for Siewert-Jan Marrink

BaSyC researcher Siewert-Jan Marrink from the University of Groningen has won an ERC Advanced Grant in the ‘physical sciences and engineering’ category.

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BaSyC Seminars in the Build-a-Cell seminar series

BaSyC starts 2022 with new online seminars in the Build-a-Cell seminar series. Join us or watch the recordings!

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Joint perspective paper ‘Towards a synthetic cell cycle’ by 4 BaSyC teams!

Lorenzo Olivi, Mareike Berger, Ramon Creyghton, Nicola De Franceschi, Cees Dekker, Bela Mulder, Nico Claassens, Pieter Rein ten Wolde and John van der Oost are delighted to share their joint perspective paper ‘Towards a synthetic cell cycle’.

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The Synthetic Cell: a new frontier in science and technology

Can we build a living cell from lifeless components? ...and in doing so, understand how life works?

With this initiative we aim to address one of the grand scientific challenges of this century: building a synthetic cell from its molecular building blocks.

(Image: Graham Johnson)

Building a synthetic cell is one of the grand scientific and intellectual challenges of the 21st century. While we have extensive knowledge about the molecular building blocks that form the basis of modern life, we currently do not understand how these building blocks collectively operate to define life. With BaSyC we propose to build a synthetic cell from the bottom-up, which arguably is the most fundamental approach towards elucidating the cell’s intricate working and basic life-defining principles. Truly understanding cellular life will bring huge intellectual, scientific, and technological rewards. At the same time, it will raise fascinating philosophical and ethical questions about how society may cope with new opportunities that result from these new fundamental insights.

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