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Bacteriophage Biology & Therapeutics SIG – March 2019 Update

For the first Bacteriophage Biology & Therapeutics SIG posting of 2019, I would like to provide an update on the recent Microbiology Australia issue that focused on bacteriophages, highlight a number of relevant conferences and initiatives that may be of interest and provide some details on the SIG goals for 2019.
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Phage in the Age of Synthetic Biology

By Karen Weynberg, CSIRO Synthetic Biology Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland
Synthetic biology is an emerging field of research set to revolutionise the future of biological science. To simply summarise synthetic biology can be challenging due to the myriad of tools, techniques and applications it encompasses. In essence, synthetic biology involves the use of engineering principles in a biological context. Using DNA-encoded componentry, synthetic biology enables the design and construction of biological parts, devices, cellular circuits and networks, and even whole organisms. This exciting new approach holds great promise for many areas of research, including biomedical efforts to treat cancer and other diseases, vaccine development, cell therapies, regenerative medicine and microbiome engineering.

Viruses of Microbes 2018 – Wrocław, Poland

The International Society of Microorganisms held its 5th Viruses of Microbes (VoM) meeting in Wrocław, Poland (spelt Wrocław and pronounced “Vro-tz-wav” as quickly learnt by Lucy when she thought she might be on board the wrong flight!) The 5-day conference had an impressive turnout with over 500 attendees present, including researchers and industry representatives. We [Carola (WIMR, NSW), Bethany (WIMR, NSW) and Lucy (UWA, WA)] were among a total of 9 people representing the bacteriophage research contingent from Australia and New Zealand. Topics covered in varied sessions ranged from biological mechanisms of viral DNA packaging to phage therapy applications (see link to ‘VoM Conference Proceedings').

ASM Annual General Meeting - SIG Update

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated at the SIG's first Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was run at this years Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) conference in Brisbane. We had a great turn out for our first AGM with over 20 people participating in the SIG meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended and for taking the time to build the SIG. Please find below our AGM agenda and meeting notes.