A gold-medal winning entry into the iGEM synthetic biology competition could change the way we look at Esherichia coli, the bacteria better known as E. coli.

Often the culprit in food-borne disease outbreaks, E. coli is rarely congratulated for its good work. Recently, students on Team Technion, from the Israel Institute of Technology, turned the tables on bacterial bad press by creating a version of E. coli that can be used to detect heavy metals, antihistamines, or different types of solvents.

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field that attracts engineers, scientists, and those… more


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