Tom Brown has been given a lifetime award for external engagement and promoting impact at the University of Oxford (http://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/news/mpls-impact-awards-2015-16).
The article The effect of sequence context on the activity of cytosine DNA glycosylases has been included in the 2015 Molecular BioSystems hot article collection (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/articlecollectionlanding?sercode=mb&themeid=1a950772-d597-4953-acf0-d254d9fbf766)
A grant of £2.2M has been awarded for a collaboration between Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol, Southampton, and Birmingham universities; led by Professor Tom Brown. Ever larger pieces of DNA, such as genes and gene clusters, are required for Synthetic Biology, and making these can be a tedious and slows process. In this project they will analyse DNA made by modern ultra-high throughput chemical methods and optimise the process. They will also explore new ways to make large pieces of DNA.
See the BBSRC website for further information: http://bbsrc.ac.uk/news/policy/2015/150129-pr-business-secretary-40m-for-synbio.aspx