iGEM team to tackle food poisoning

iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) is a competition that encourages students from different disciplines to work together to solve real-world challenges by building Image of students standing in a fieldgenetically-engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Hundreds of universities worldwide design, build, and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work in November in Boston, US. This year’s team comprises seven undergraduate students from biology, two biomedical engineers and one from social sciences, each bringing their own knowledge and expertise to the project. Their idea is to develop a genetically-engineered biosensor to detect the presence of the bacteria Campylobacter, one of the most prevalent causes of food poisoning in the UK. The team will use technologies to produce a sensor that will use modified E. coli bacteria to give a visual indication of the presence of Campylobacter. Read more.

First published: 1 August 2017