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iGEM 2015

By Bioline 12 June 2015

It’s that time of year again!!!! We are proud to announce Bioline is supporting iGEM teams in 2015. Our already competitive pricing drops 40% for the young and enthusiastic iGEM researchers in the United Kingdom.

‘Sponsorship is very difficult, particularly for small projects such as ours. Bioline are very kindly sponsoring us. A big thank you to them.- York iGEM 2014 Team

Popular tools used by successful iGEM teams around the world include:

Get in touch with your local UK Bioline Account Manager to enquire about an iGEM offer pricing plan.

Then, why not let your fellow iGEM researchers know about this great offer using the sharing links below? Also feel free to Tweet or email us if you have any further questions www.bioline.com/social We look forward to hearing from you soon and we wish all iGEM2015 entrants every success in this year's competition!

Terms and Conditions
This offer is valid on any product in our range for any iGEM team in the United Kingdom. No minimum or maximum spend to qualify for the discount. Expires on September 30, 2015. Not valid with any other promo codes or special offers. Please contact us for details of discounts available to iGEM teams in the United States, Germany, France, Singapore and Australia.

Bioline's Gem of an iGEM Offer is Back for iGEM2014!

By Bioline: The PCR Company 20 June 2014 No comments

Bioline is proud once again to offer its support to teams participating in the 2014 round of the annual iGEM competition. Teams supported by Bioline in previous years have won gold medals and advanced to the finals of the iGEM World Championships.

For a limited time only, all iGEM teams in the United Kingdom can take advantage of up to 40% off already highly-competitive Bioline list prices across our entire product range.

The Must-Have Bioline Toolbox for iGEM Researchers

Popular tools used by successful iGEM teams around the world include:

We used bioline cells but didn’t follow the protocols because the cells were more competent so didn’t need to go through heat shock.Boston iGEM 2012 Team

We also supply a handy range of antibiotics, SOC medium and a rather nifty quick stick ligase for both cohesive and blunt end cloning.

All Bioline products are backed by our friendly and helpful UK based technical support staff, should you need it!

To request full details of our Gem of an iGEM Offer pricing plan, please contact your local Bioline UK account manager using our Rep Finder tool. Then, why not let your fellow iGem researchers know about this great offer using the sharing links below. Also feel free to Tweet or email us if you have any further questions

We look forward to hearing from you soon and we wish all iGEM2014 entrants every success in this year's competition!

PS: You can also read about Bioline’s Synthetic Biology industry partnership with Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, the first school in the United Kingdom specialising in Science and Health Care for 14 to 19 year olds.

Terms and Conditions

This offer is valid on any product in our range for any iGEM team in the United Kingdom. No minimum or maximum spend to qualify for the discount. Expires on October 31, 2014. Not valid with any other promo codes or special offers. Please contact us for details of discounts available to iGEM teams in the United States, Germany, France, Singapore and Australia. Bioline products are also available through our carefully selected distributor partners.

Synthetic biology innovation, building BioBricks with Bioline

By Bioline: The PCR Company 11 July 2013 No comments

The 6th International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (hashtag: #SB6Conf), the world’s foremost synthetic biology (SynBio) meeting, is currently running in London, organised by the BioBricks Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

BioBricks Foundation SB6.0 Co-Chairs include Professor Paul Freemont and Professor Richard Kitney of Imperial College, who will lead a new £10 million innovation and knowledge centre, to be called SynbiCITE, aimed at providing a bridge between academia and industry and announced at the conference by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Imperial College is home to the UK Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation a £9m investment aimed at propelling the synthetic biology field forward and promoting SynBio start-ups. International collaboration and networking are important aspects of the meeting, along with poster presentations and ‘lightning talks’ from world leaders in the field of SynBio research.

David Willets said:

"Synthetic biology has huge potential for our economy and society in so many areas, from life sciences to agriculture. But to realise this potential we need to ensure researchers and business work together. This new Innovation and Knowledge Centre will help advance scientific knowledge and turn cutting edge research into commercial success."

Professor Richard Kitney, co-academic of SynbiCITE added:

"Synthetic Biology could be the next ‘industrial revolution’ for the UK, where tiny devices manufactured from cells are used by us to improve many facets of our lives. From producing new, more sustainable fuels to developing devices that can monitor or improve our health, the applications in this field are limitless."

The exciting and emerging field of Synthetic Biology research combines the disciplines of engineering and molecular biology to design and build novel, biologically-based parts, devices, and sensors, as well as the re-engineering of existing, natural biological organisms. Synthetic Biology has the potential to deliver important new applications, from detecting the early onset of disease and improving existing industrial processes, food production, green fuels, and developing therapies to fight harmful bacterial infections or cancers.

Much of the future success of synthetic biology is incumbent upon the development of standardized SynBio components that can be combined in predictable and repeatable ways. The precise approach used when fabricating a BioBrick component depends on the fabrication method (PCR or direct synthesis) as well as the type of part being constructed (a standard part or protein coding sequence).

SyntheticBiology.org maintains a nice introduction to Synthetic Biology as well as a useful how-to guide on the subject of constructing novel BioBrick parts for submission to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.

Bioline makes it easy to harness the power of new generation enzymes to create parts for BioBricks using PCR. We manufacture and supply a range of high-performance PCR and molecular biology cloning tools, enabling researchers to drive their synthetic biology projects forward. Some of our most popular, most frequently used products for leading synthetic biologists presenting at SB6.0 (1, 2) include the High-Fidelity Velocity DNA Polymerase, MyTaq HS DNA Polymerase for Colony-PCR, Competent Cells, Quick-Stick Ligase for TA Cloning, ISOLATE II Plasmid Mini Kits, and our acclaimed range of SensiMix™ and SensiFAST™ Real-Time PCR kits.

If you've been attending the #SB6Conf in London this week, let us know if your poster cites any Bioline reagents and your synthetic biology research work and achievements could be showcased in a forthcoming SynBio article on the Bioline blog. And if you’re one of the IGEMers attending the conference, don’t forget to check out our Gem of an offer for iGEM Teams!

One final note regarding the future of synthetic biology and the synthetic biologists of the future, you can keep up to date with all the latest news from the iGEM SynBio research teams around the world by following the international iGEM Teams Twitter list maintained by us @ThePCRCompany.

Citations

1. Giuraniuc CV, MacPherson M, Saka Y, et al. (2013). Gateway Vectors for Efficient Artificial Gene Assembly In Vitro and Expression in Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64419. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064419

2. Ali H, Ries MI, Nijland JG, Lankhorst PP, Hankemeier T, et al. (2013). A Branched Biosynthetic Pathway Is Involved in Production of Roquefortine and Related Compounds in Penicillium chrysogenum. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65328. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065328

A Gem of an Offer for iGEM2013 Teams

By Bioline: The PCR Company 30 May 2013 No comments

Bioline - Proud Supporter of iGEM Participants

At Bioline we're proud to offer support to undergraduate student teams participating in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, an interdisciplinary project designed to advance the new and exciting research field of as synthetic biology (or ‘synbio’ for short) which combines life sciences and engineering.

There is a huge potential for synthetic biology to revolutionize our lives and already it is transforming the way in which living organisms and systems are designed to create new enzymes, fuels, food and medicines of the future. Many of our high-performance reagents for molecular biology are already used by researchers in their experiments, enabling them operate at the cutting edge of the emerging and rapidly developing 'SynBio' field.

iGEM2012 Recap

The iGEM2012 competition featured almost 200 teams from around the world. Two UK-based teams in Norwich and Cambridge were supported by Bioline and both teams went on to win gold medals in the European finals held in Amsterdam last October. The Cambridge team, one of three European finalists, was awarded "best experimental approach" and made it through to the world championships held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

iGEM Synthetic Biology UK Teams Hangout at Google Campus, London. iGEM Synthetic Biology UK Teams Hangout at Google Campus, London. Photo courtesy of Richard Kelwick

The Norwich Research Park and University of East Anglia (NRP UEA) iGEM Team

NRP UEA iGEM 2012 Team. NRP UEA iGEM 2012 Team. Photo courtesy of Richard Kelwick

Home to some 2,700 scientists, NRP is one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of researchers in Environmental and Biological Sciences. This was the second iGEM team from Norwich to participate in the competition, and were mentored by Dr Richard Kelwick.

Team NRP UEA set out to develop a new system of innovative bacteria to help solve problems throughout the world. They focussed on the role of nitric oxide (NO) and aimed to produce a biological system that can sense nitric oxide levels within an environment. Once completed, the biological system could have potential uses in many areas, including developments for future cancer therapies and for detection of NO levels in the environment; such as soil.

University of Cambridge iGEM2012 Team

The University of Cambridge has a strong history in the iGEM competition, having entered annually since 2005, and is advised by the Haseloff, Ajioka and Micklem labs. The Cambridge iGEM team set out to create new standards for characterisation, validation and application of biosensors. The protocols were modular in design, allowing any biosensor built to this standard to be measured with low-cost prototype instrumentation. Existing and novel biosensors were designed to be adapted to use light as an output to facilitate an interface with microcontroller electronics.

The University of Leicester iGEM2012 Team

University of Leicester iGEM Team with their Bioline Account Manager University of Leicester iGEM Team with their Bioline Account Manager

With support from the Badge lab at the Genetics Department, the Leicester iGEM team set out to solve an important environmental problem - namely to reduce the waste going to landfill by engineering a bacterium to degrade polystyrene. Some bacteria form biofilms on polystyrene, indicating that polystyrene may be degraded. Identification of the degradation genes/pathway(s) responsible, could be coupled to synthesis of useful products in the future e.g. biofoam.

Congratulations and good luck for iGEM2013!

We were extremely impressed by the tremendous efforts of all iGEM teams in getting so far in the regional and world finals. We (vicariously!) enjoyed the buzz of the competition via the tweets and blog updates issued by the teams.

To show our commitment to helping develop the bio-scientists of the future, we have expanded our support to all iGEM teams in the United Kingdom by offering up to 50% off our already highly-competitive list prices. And, of course, all Bioline products are backed by our friendly and helpful UK based technical support staff, should you need it!

To request full details of our Gem of an iGEM offer pricing plan, please contact your local Bioline account manager using our rep finder tool. Then, why not let your fellow iGem researchers know too by clicking the lovely button below.

Tweet ThisWe wish all iGEM2013 entrants every success in this year's competition!

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