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UNR synthetic biology team wins gold
by Tribune Staff
Nov 04, 2011 | 759 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo Cutline: IGEM team members Megan Tabor, Matt Boden and Bryson Wheeler set-up and demonstrate the co-cultivation apparatus, an important component of the 2011 project that earned a gold medal at the synthetic biology competition in Indianapolis. The project goal is to combine two organisms to create an inexpensive process for biofuel production. Photo by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno.
Photo Cutline: IGEM team members Megan Tabor, Matt Boden and Bryson Wheeler set-up and demonstrate the co-cultivation apparatus, an important component of the 2011 project that earned a gold medal at the synthetic biology competition in Indianapolis. The project goal is to combine two organisms to create an inexpensive process for biofuel production. Photo by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno.
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RENO ­— An innovative process for combining cyanobacteria and E. coli to produce inexpensive biofuel earned the University of Nevada, Reno international genetically engineered machine student team a gold medal at the America’s iGEM competition in Indianapolis in October.

The 21 team members spent their summer in the lab and in front of computers, designing equipment, preparing presentations and exploring and sequencing genetic codes to prepare for the annual synthetic biology competition against other top schools around the country. Synthetic biology is an area of biological research that combines science and engineering in order to design and build novel biological functions and systems. A genetically engineered machine is the modification of living materials for new applications.

The project focused on finding a method for lower production costs in biofuel-producing E. coli.

Out of 64 teams entered, the Nevada team was one of 22 to win a gold medal. The majority of team members are in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, while others are in the Biotechnology, Neuroscience and Mechanical Engineering Department. Other faculty advisors are David Shintani and Patricia Ellison.

To learn more visit http://2011.igem.org/Team:Nevada.
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