Friday, April 5, 2013

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

A New York Times article written by Jon Mooallem discusses a science project created by students of City College of San Francisco.  The idea started when a student mentioned reconstructing the genes of an eel and making it an alternate source of energy.  Although a wonderful idea, it seemed to be an unreachable goal.  The idea was down sized and the team decided to create a battery powered by bacteria cells.  The students displayed their work in a competition at MIT.  Other school such as Harvard and Princeton competed as well.  The students wanted to display break away from the typical "cut and paste" gene alterations.  They wanted to create something that would never be seen in nature and would change the world of genetics.  This was the first time a two year college was able to compete at the iGEM.  They knew they would not win, but it was an honor to be able to display their work.


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