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BGI announces collaboration with Johns Hopkins University on synthetic yeast project
Date:11/14/2011

November 14th, 2011, Shenzhen, China BGI the world's largest genomic organization and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), today signed a collaborative research agreement for the synthetic yeast project (SC2.0 PROJECT), an ambitious synthetic biology project which seeks to re-design and synthesize the yeast genome. This project was initiated by JHU and serves as part of JHU's synthetic biology program.

In addition to the research collaboration of SC2.0 PROJECT, BGI's researchers will have the opportunity to access the synthetic biology expertise of JHU. They can attend for internship the undergraduate course, "Build-A-Genome," associated with the project at JHU. During the course, they can perform synthesis of segments of the synthetic yeast genome by themselves.

The signing ceremony was held during the "6th International Conference on Genomics" hosted by BGI in Shenzhen from Nov. 12 to 15, 2011. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Huanming Yang, Chairman of BGI; three principal investigators of the project, Dr. Jef Boeke, Director of the High Throughput Biology Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joel Bader, Associate Professor of the High Throughput Biology Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. Yizhi Cai, Autodesk Distinguished Scholar of the High Throughput Biology Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Yue Shen, Head of Synthetic Biology Unit at BGI. Key representatives of BGI Americas presented including Ruth Kaucher, Vice President of Scientific Liaison, Americas and Dr. Joyce Peng, Marketing Director.

"Synthetic biology is a new emerging research field, which provides a unique opportunity for researchers to study many profound life science questions. When biological researchers are transitioning from the DNA sequence of an organism to a synthetic genome, researchers will face more challenges and opportunities with synthetic biology," stated Prof. Yang. "With JHU's valuable skil
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Contact: Jia Liu
liujia@genomics.cn
BGI Shenzhen
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