Communication is an integral part of life as we know it. This summer, we pursued four synthetic biology projects with the goal of improving communication across different mediums. On the atomic level, our BioWires project has created silver-incorporating DNA strands to use as nanowires, which could improve the cost and effectiveness of electronics. Our CRISPR project worked on a system for passing DNA regulatory messages between cells, in effect creating transmissible vaccines. We also extrapolated proteins from the past to better understand early life on Earth for our De-Extinction project. Finally, we built a sucrose biosensor in B. subtilis that will be launched on the EuCROPIS satellite into low-Earth orbit.
We are the Stanford-Brown iGEM team, and we're connecting life on Earth to help us prepare for life beyond it.