November 12, 2013

Peer Review: Cornell Project Team: Genetically Engineered Machines

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By JACQUELINE CAROZZA

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition challenges students with the following prompt: build a novel biological system from standard genetic parts and incorporate this system into a cell.

The 30-member Cornell iGEM project team applied their diverse scientific backgrounds to design a synthetic biological solution to a problem faced by local upstate New York company, Ecovative Design, which produces biodegradable alternatives to packaging such as polystyrene, known commercially as Styrofoam.

Courtesy of Swati Sureka ’15Morphing mushrooms | Cornell’s International Genetically Engineered Machine Project Team, also called iGEM, worked to perfect a biodegradable organofoam made from fungi.

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