In mythology, a chimera is a monster composed of distinct parts from several animals. The word "chimera" also has several meanings in biology, based on the mythical concept.
Indigo dye is useful in part because it's water insoluble. (Otherwise, your blue jeans would be white jeans after a wash.) Now that we can make indigo in bacteria, we're looking into the rest of process of dyeing fabric with it - could there be advantages to a biological approach?
Red stripes: bacteria producing red fluorescent protein.
What makes for a good International Genetically Engineering Machine (iGEM) project?
Since 2004, MIT has hosted iGEM - the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Teams of students (mostly undergraduates) work through the summer and into the fall, conducting research in the field of synthetic biology. Approximately a third of the teams from regional competitions worldwide gather…