This is the ninth and final post in a series about UC Berkeley's 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team. If you'd like to catch up: part 1,part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, and part 8.
Late last year Berkeley's iGEM team presented their results at the iGEM Jamboree at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
Image courtesy of iGEM HQ.
In this series I've talked a lot about six months of unknowns - trying to figure out what will likely work, what certainly won't work, and where our team's limited time and energy should be focused. When we began, we'd found an interesting chemical trick that certain plants performed, and we thought that this trick could be applied to create bacterial biosensors. As we became more familiar with that trick and replicated it in the lab, we ponderously switched gears, considering its industrial applications.
Where did we finally end up? I'll let our students speak for themselves in their final presentation - Genes to Jeans: a Green Solution to Blue Denim.
Thanks again to the Berkeley 2013 iGEM team and all of our followers here!
Terry D. Johnson is a Berkeley bioengineering lecturer and author who didn't do any of these experiments. You can tell because they worked. He has been co-advising Berkeley's iGEM team since 2008, and will be one of the lead judges for the North America region this year. His writings here do not necessarily reflect the views of iGEM HQ, Berkeley, or possibly himself, after further contemplation.