2007 Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine (VGEM) Team
Welcome to the Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine (VGEM) Team's wiki! The VGEM Team is an undergraduate research group interested in synthetic biology and biological engineering, and will compete in MIT's 2007 international Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) in November. We'll be adding new information regularly, so be sure to check up on us soon. - George McArthur
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Our research focuses on using photobiological interfaces for input and output of engineered biosystems. We are interested in using biophotonics for molecular system control (input and monitoring) and for basic quantum biology discovery. Viewing the cell as a computer, the genome as its OS and biobricks as individual software applications, it's only natural to seek out appropriate monitoring and input technologies. We view electromagnetic radiation (e.g., light) not only as an excellent monitoring tool (e.g., traditional fluorescence proteins) but also as an appropriate input device similar to a computer's keyboard and mouse.
We discussed relevant literature, brainstormed project ideas and planned for the summer during our weekly meetings throughout the spring semester. Currently, we've stocked our lab with materials and supplies, and will start handling the bacteria tomorrow (5 June 2007).
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Our group is an interdisciplinary conglomeration that includes researchers from The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine.
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