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SEB Synthetic Biology Conference 2014
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

Many of the talks at the SEB Synthetic Biology conference began with the classic definition of synthetic biology: ‘The design or redesign of biological systems, circuits or parts.’ Throughout the conference however it was increasingly clear that this definition does not reflect the exciting reality of synthetic biology research and its applications.

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“Creating a buzz: how to influence bee health policy”
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

These catchy headlines certainly did a good job of attracting a full-house of over 100 delegates and speakers to Charles Darwin House, where our annual ‘Trisoc’ meeting was held in January this year. Organised jointly by SEB and our sister societies, Biochemical Society and the British Ecological Society, this year’s meeting, entitled “Impact of Pesticides on Bee Health”, featured presentations by speakers from academia, industry, research institutes and governmental policy departments.

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C-terminally encoded peptide (CEP) family
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

A recently published Special Issue presents papers giving a current view of the emergent field of Peptide Signalling. Although this field is expanding there are only a small number of peptide ligands that have been identified and a biological role demonstrated. In this issue, three papers present data on the C-terminally encoded peptide (CEP) family:

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Effects of tourists giving food to endangered Iguanas
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

The paper examined the physiological consequences of tourists giving food to endangered iguanas in The Bahamas. The authors revealed that the tourists’ propensity to feed grapes to iguanas resulted in nutritional deficiencies which could influence the health and survival of the long-lived Bahamian rock iguanas.