Friday, July 15, 2011

E.Chromi Project

In 2009, seven Cambridge University undergraduates spent the summer genetically engineering bacteria to release a variety of colors visible to the naked eye. They designed standardized sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria. Each BioBrick part contains genes selected from existing organisms, enabling the bacteria to produce a color such as red, yellow, green, blue, brown or violet. By combining these with other BioBricks, bacteria could be programmed to do useful things, such as indicate whether drinking water is safe by turning red if they sense a toxin. The E. chromi project won the Grand Prize at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). To read more about this project, click here.

E. chromi from Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg on Vimeo.

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