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*http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v403/n6767/abs/403339a0.html
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Proteins bind to promoter regulatory sites to repress or activate expression. This results in two stable states: proteins (repressor) repress their own repressor, so they will remain stably expressed. But, switching is controllable switching: dominant repressor (state) can be de-activated with addition of inducer (IPTG, thermal shock, etc). This allows expression of the other repressor, and enables controllable state change of the system
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**Proteins bind to promoter regulatory sites to repress or activate expression. This results in two stable states: proteins (repressor) repress their own repressor, so they will remain stably expressed. But, switching is controllable switching: dominant repressor (state) can be de-activated with addition of inducer (IPTG, thermal shock, etc). This allows expression of the other repressor, and enables controllable state change of the system

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20.109 Research Proposal for Derek Ju and Alvin Chen

Project Overview

Our goal is to rewire a bacterium to "miniprep" itself, when given some sort of an external stimuli (such as sensing of dense cell growth). This project will serve the following purposes:

  • Make the research process easier, cheaper, and more efficient for scientists working with bacteria.
  • Most laboratory strains have been genetically modified for scientific use; however our bacteria would be the first to be modified to do an experiment on itself.
  • Self-lysing of cells when dense cell growth is encountered - less chance for environmental contamination if genetically engineered bacteria escape from the lab
  • Serve as an example of a way synthetic biology can be used for cellular control
  • Be an application of using irreversible switches within genetic circuits
  • Be an example of sensors being built into bacteria

Background

Research Problems and Goals

Project Details and Methods

Predicted Outcomes

Resources Needed

References

  • http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v403/n6767/abs/403339a0.html
    • Proteins bind to promoter regulatory sites to repress or activate expression. This results in two stable states: proteins (repressor) repress their own repressor, so they will remain stably expressed. But, switching is controllable switching: dominant repressor (state) can be de-activated with addition of inducer (IPTG, thermal shock, etc). This allows expression of the other repressor, and enables controllable state change of the system
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