GENOME – A system that allows controlling the expression of a gene or an operon over a specific temperature interval.
PCB Busters – Bacteria able to degrade polychlo- robiphenyls, a huge pollutant present in rivers, like the Seine in Paris.
This is Not a Lemon – Synthetic Biology and Art mixed in a philosophical and exciting project started from a lemon.
SafetE.coli – Two biosafety systems (physical and thermal) to avoid the dissemination and the contamination of bacteria.
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What is Synthetic Biology?
iGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine, and is a synthetic biology competition held annually since 2004. It started as an undergraduate course at MIT the previous year. Teams from all over the world design biological systems, which are used in living cells. Essentially, the objective is to have cells perform certain functions – much like machines, as implied in the name of the competition. Standard sequences of DNA, called BioBricks, are available for use by competing teams. BioBricks can dictate different functions. Rearranging the bricks allows the creation of new biological systems. Teams can also add new BioBricks to the Registry of Biological Parts.