The ability to routinely write the software of life has ushered in a new era in science, and with it, new products and applications such as advanced biofuels, clean water technology, and new vaccines and medicines. Synthetic biology is integrated into to most of our other research areas and when combined with JCVI’s genomics expertise, holds great promise for the future. Our team is at the forefront of discoveries and important public dialogue.
Designer PhageSynthetic Engineering of Bacteriophage for Treatment of Wound Infections
Viral Synthetic Genomics to Engineer Large dsDNA Viruses
Rapid engineering of large dsDNA viruses using synthetic genomics assembly tools.
Assembly of HSV-1
Use of cutting-edge synthetic genomics technology to revolutionize the study of herpesvirus biology.
A Synthetic Human Cytomegalovirus Vaccine Platform
Generation of an HCMV low passage clinical isolate using synthetic genomics.
Big Biology Podcast
Synthesizing life on the planet
What’s the smallest number of genes that cells need to grow and reproduce? Is it possible to synthesize minimal genomes and insert them into cells? What do minimal genomes teach us about life? An interview with John Glass, Ph.D.
Synthetic genomics advances and promise
Advances in DNA synthesis will enable extraordinary new opportunities in medicine, industry, agriculture, and research
Scientists develop most complete whole-cell computer simulation model of cell to date
J. Craig Venter Institute model organism-minimal cell platform provides robust tools for exploring first principles of life, design tools for genome
Genes necessary for cell division in modern bacterial cells identified
Discovery may help shape understanding of primitive cell division
Hamilton O. Smith, M.D., Synthetic Biology Pioneer and Nobel Laureate, to Step Down from Daily Duties at J. Craig Venter Institute
Dr. Smith will maintain advisory role as professor emeritus
The San Diego Union-Tribune
After saving countless lives, Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith retires as his own health falters
He has been a fixture in San Diego science for decades
Synthetic Cell-Powered Lotion to Manage Type 1 Diabetes
2019 Summer Internship Program
Scientist Spotlight: Lauren Oldfield
No More Needles! Using Microbiome and Synthetic Biology Advances to Better Treat Type 1 Diabetes
Every Day is World Food Day at JCVI
JCVI Team Awarded Two Grants Under the National Science Foundation’s “Understanding the Rules of Life” Initiative, Building on 20 Years of JCVI Research
NSF announces new awards for Understanding the Rules of Life
New projects address genetic, environmental causality in biological systems and processes
First Minimal Synthetic Bacterial Cell Designed and Constructed by Scientists at Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
Cell, JCVI-syn3.0, was minimized to just 473 genes
First Self-Replicating, Synthetic Bacterial Cell Constructed by J. Craig Venter Institute Researchers
Venter Institute Scientists Create First Synthetic Bacterial Genome
Publication Represents Largest Chemically Defined Structure Synthesized in the Lab
Team Completes Second Step in Three Step Process to Create Synthetic Organism
JCVI Scientists Publish First Bacterial Genome Transplantation Changing One Species to Another
Research is important step in further advancing field of synthetic genomics