E. Chromi

Three years ago a group of seven Cambridge University undergraduates embarked on a summer of genetic engineering, specifically at a bacterial level.

The multi-disciplinary group of designers and scientists designed DNA sequences that encouraged the bacteria to secrete coloured pigments at wavelengths within the spectrum of visible light, meaning that us humans can see them.

This synthetic biology of a single DNA sequence is known as a BioBrick, a mix of designed genes from existing organisms that enable certain types of bacteria to be even more useful.

For example, programming the bacteria to produce a warning colour if toxins are present in what would otherwise be unsafe drinking water.  Indicator potential such as this led to E. chromi winning the Grand Prize at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM).

E. chromi – living colour from bacteria.  Really fascinating stuff.

Follow @echromi on Twitter for their latest project updates.


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