What better thing to make the first post of the site than an iGEM project? E.chromi was the winning project of iGEM (the international genetically engineered machines competition) in 2009, created by a team of undergraduate students from Cambridge. E.chromi is a great example of how biobricks can easily be combined to create important novel applications. In the case of E.Chromi this application is being able to easily detect the presence of certain chemicals (such as toxins) within drinking water – or even within a person’s own body.

Check out some videos on E.chromi after the break.

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The Synthetic Bestiary Begins!

Today is the official launch of “The Synthetic Bestiary” a website about Synthetic Biology, Genetic Engineering and the Future.

After months of development its great to see everything come together all at once. Please explore the site and enjoy yourself. To celebrate the opening of the site (and get it populated quickly) I will be posting new articles throughout today/tonight. So make sure to check back regularly. Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates on all new stories!

Since everything is new, there might be a few mistakes here and there – if you spot any I’d really appreciate hearing about them.

Enjoy the site!

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