Tom Whittaker and Jolyon Martin, Part II Biochemistry students, have been taking part in the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. The Cambridge iGEM team has just got back from the world finals at MIT, after being named regional finalists at the European Jamboree in Amsterdam. Their project was focused around developing tools to make biosensing more practical and accurate in a real-world context. They took groundwater contamination in India and Nepal as an example, and amongst other things characterised a fluoride riboswitch from the Breaker lab at Yale. They also developed a prototype of a $30 instrument that is controlled by a smartphone to quantify the ratio of coloured light output from their constructs, for which they received an award for the best measurement approach. Tom says "We've all had a great time and are very grateful for the support of the Biochem Department!"
Read more on the Team Wiki.