Erland and Anne attended the PhD summer school SYNthetic BIOlogy: From pro- to eukaryotic SYStems (SYNBIOSYS) at the Copenhagen Plant Science Center in Denmark. During this summer school, they discussed the idea of synthetic biology as a new approach to genetic research: using standardization, modularity and abstraction to create new biological systems. In order to combine the theoretical background with current research, scientists such as Stephen Long, Eugenio Butelli, Nathan Lord, and Nicola Patron were invited to give an impression on the use of synthetic biology in different fields. Topics ranged from increasing crop production to investigating mammalian oscillator and to creating fruit that is more nutritious such as purple tomatoes containing anthocyanins. Other aspects such as Intellectual property rights were also discussed. The summer school included a journal club with presentations and a visit to the R&D department of FMC Agricultural solutions.
More information about the summer school can be found here.