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Dear Synthetic Biology Community,

We are excited to announce The Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (SB5.0) on June 15 – 17, 2011 at Stanford University. This meeting will be the first time in over two years that an open and self-defined global community will share, consider, debate, and plan efforts to understand life via building, to make biology easier to engineer, and to work together so that the ramifications of such efforts are most likely to benefit all people and the planet.

Palm Drive at Stanford University

Palm Drive at Stanford University

For context, SB4.0 was held at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in October 2008. Since this time we have seen significant scientific and technical advances, including full genome synthesis, reliable synchronization of multicellular genetic oscillators, and opiate precursor biosynthesis. We have also experienced increased politicization of the field, including the US Presidential Bioethics Commission consideration of synthetic biology, and ongoing popularization of such work through activities such as the iGEM. In addition, given the 7 years since SB1.0 was held at MIT, we find a “second wave” of younger synthetic biology practitioners rising to prominence.

Taken together, June 2011 is the next right time for the world to come together to learn about and help define what is happening in the world of synthetic biology. Please join us.

Please see the links below for schedule, speaker and registration information. Note that there is no registration deadline at this point, however there is a limit on the number of registered attendees we can have at the meeting. To guarantee your spot, we encourage you to register and make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to receiving you on the stunning Stanford campus in June.

With Kind Regards,

Thi Van Anh Thach
Conference Manager
SB5.0 | The Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology
Stanford University, June 15-17, 2011
Organized by the BioBricks Foundation | |

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