Microsoft Builds Relationships in Synthetic Biology

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2006 at 2:57 am

By Kevin Davies

December 07, 2006 | Microsoft Research (MSR) has launched a new funding initiative in the promising but controversial field of computational challenges in synthetic biology.

Unlike the BioIT Alliance, through which Microsoft encourages links with industrial partners to create solutions in the life sciences, the principal aim of MSR is to forge partnerships with academic researchers. The new request for proposals (RFP) allocates $500,000 for two principle areas of synthetic biology research:

1. The re-engineering of natural biological pathways to produce interoperable, composable, standard biological parts. Examples include the role of computers in the “specification, simulation, construction and dissemination of biological components or systems of interacting components.”
2. Tools and information repositories relating to the use of DNA in the fabrication of nanostructures and nanodevices.
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