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KQED Quest Online Video: Decoding Synthetic Biology

This lucid and nicely shot and edited online video from KQED in San Francisco documents a cool range of synthetic biology projects taking place in academic and commercial settings on the West Coast. Drew Endy, Jay Keasling, Jeff Tabor, and others make appearances.

The bacterial photography that Tabor demonstrates is a refinement of work he did originally while on the University of Texas, Austin, team in the first iGem competition in 2004. Jason Kelly of Cambridge-based synbio startup Ginkgo Bioworks has a post on the evolution of this project on the company’s blog. The 6th annual iGEM will be held at MIT this fall — you can read my post on this year’s team projects below.

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  1. Adam Bluestein › Synthetic Biology Breakthrough at UCSF on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    […] collaborated with the UT Austin iGem team to develop a bacterial photography system, discussed in a previous post.) Levskaya imported a “light switch” found in plants, which uses light-sensing […]

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