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== About ==
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We consider ourselves amateurs/novices within the context of the IGEM competition. Our endeavor as “outsiders” is to bring our training in the arts and design to synthetic biology. Over this summer, we learnt the tools and techniques of synthetic biology and developed a piece of life which reflects our concerns, namely, the cultural, ethical and aesthetic implications of Synthetic Biology. Using a DIY approach and getting our hands “wet” was a critical element in the learning process. This approach allowed us to engage in constructive discussions with scientists working in the field. Our construct synthesizes Geosmin, an enzyme normally produced by cyanobacteria and actinobacteria. The biosynthesis of geosmin from farnesyl diphosphate is catalyzed by a single enzyme germacradienol/germacrene D synthase. E. coli, does not bear a gene that codes for germacradienol/germacrene D synthase. We have expressed this gene in different strains of  E. coli, under control of the pTrc  promoter present in the pTrc99a vector. Geosmin is responsible for producing the earthy smell that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather.
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== People ==
 
== People ==
  
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==Ideas==
 
==Ideas==
  
-bacteria that prevents corrosion
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[[File:Whiteboard.jpg|820px|none|Click for a closer look]]
  
-Time keeper or clock
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Major Outcomes -
  
-Combustible bacteria
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* [[Ideas for Bacteria.]]
 
 
-Related to weather - smell of rain
 
 
 
-Bacteria that is resistant to Scientific Probing/Instruments
 
 
 
-Mirror of bacteria
 
 
 
-Buoyant bacteria
 
 
 
-Interactive bacteria(painting)
 
 
 
-Another creature made from bacteria
 
 
 
-Bacteria and sound
 
  - Bacteria visualizations. (Both colour changes and 'choreographed' movement)
 
 
 
-Neuro transmitters- bacteria as sensors for emotions
 
 
 
-Glue
 
 
 
-Bacteria that detects cravings
 
 
 
-Magnetic bacteria
 
 
 
-Self mutating Bacteria
 
 
 
-Lie detector
 
 
 
-Bacteria creates an identity
 
 
 
-Bacteria becoming material on death
 
 
 
-Constructing a 'Bacterial Ecology'
 
 
 
-Bacteria that acts like oil
 
  - A lubricant
 
  - A liquid that can withstand high temperatures
 
  
 
* Facilitate a group of children to design their 'perfect creature' through visual/tactile media and then draw from these experiences and ideas to build another structure.
 
* Facilitate a group of children to design their 'perfect creature' through visual/tactile media and then draw from these experiences and ideas to build another structure.
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== Workshop ==
 
== Workshop ==
  
-'''May 15'''
 
 
-We discussed two Claire Pentacost Readings-[http://www.clairepentecost.org/beyond_face.htm Beyond Face ] and [http://www.clairepentecost.org/lab%20of%20symbolic_text.htm Critical Inventory of BioArt ].
 
-The gist of the Pentacost readings were that artists work with the symbolic and that the Artist's consent to work and learn in public is important.
 
-We also discussed the political and cultural implications of Scientific Authority.
 
-We also looked at Tuur Van Balen's [http://www.tuurvanbalen.com/projects/urbanbiogeography Urban Geography project]
 
-Most of the Ideas[see above] today, dealt with the use of bacteria as
 
    -a) A sensor or Reactor - (to Inputs,emotions,light..etc)
 
    -b) A Producer (of energy, proteins..etc)
 
      -c) A Material
 
  
-Is there Any way in which we can look at Bacteria from a purely non-symbiotic / non-anthropomorphic viewpoint?
 
-Can we use our technological "progress" to give a non-selfish gift back to our ecological siblings?
 
  
-Replace financial transactions with Bacteria
 
  
== Readings ==
 
  
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'''Art and Politics'''
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Claire Pentecost::Beyond Face[http://www.clairepentecost.org/beyond_face.htm]
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=== Other ===
  
Claire Pentecost::Outfitting the Laboratory of the Symbolic: Towards a Critical Inventory of BioArt[http://www.clairepentecost.org/lab%20of%20symbolic_text.htm]
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http://www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/biology/cells/doing/dna.htm
  
Donna Haraway::Speculative Fabulations for Technoculture's Generations[http://www.patriciapiccinini.net/essay.php?id=30]
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It is helpful to have an idea of how the other teams are progressing. So, if anyone comes across interesting iGEM team wikis/sites - please put up the links here.
  
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http://igem.uwaterloo.ca/The_UW_iGEM_Team
  
'''Art'''
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The IBB Pune Team's wiki
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[http://2009.igem.org/Team:IBB_Pune#]
  
GeneAeshetics, The Art of Joe Davis[http://www.clondiag.com/frame.php?page=/art/joe.davis/index.php?docid=0]
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[http://2008.igem.org/Team:NYMU-Taipei NYMU-Taipei's 2008 Wiki]
  
Adam Zaretsky[http://www.emutagen.com/]
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== Readings ==
 
 
Patricia Piccinini[http://www.patriciapiccinini.net/]
 
 
 
'''Science'''
 
 
 
What are bacteria?[http://www.disknet.com/indiana_biolab/b004.htm]
 
 
 
Planet of the Bacteria[http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/gould_bacteria.html]
 
 
 
 
 
'''Design & Technology'''
 
 
 
Urban BioGeography[http://www.tuurvanbalen.com/projects/urbanbiogeography]
 
 
 
Designer Bacteria may have a future in Fashion[http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/style/designer-bacteria-may-have-a-future-in-fashion.html]
 
 
 
Sunlight to Oil via Designer Bacteria[http://www.thinkgene.com/light-oil-with-bacteria/]
 
 
 
Loop.ph-Design Research Studio[http://loop.ph/bin/view/Loop/WebHome]
 
  
Laughing in a sine curve- Abhishek Hazra[[http://abhishekhazra.blogspot.com/2009/04/laughing-in-sine-curve.html]
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'''[[Art and Politics]]'''
  
Others:
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'''[[Art]]'''
  
Harvard 2006: Explaining their process[[http://parts2.mit.edu/wiki/index.php/Harvard_2006]]
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'''[[Science]]'''
  
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'''[[Ethics]]'''
  
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'''[[Design & Technology]]'''
  
'''General Design Links'''
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'''[[Synthetic Biology]]'''
  
http://psd.tutsplus.com/drawing/the-role-of-sketching-in-the-design-process/
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'''[[General Design Links]]'''

Latest revision as of 18:01, 10 December 2010

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About

We consider ourselves amateurs/novices within the context of the IGEM competition. Our endeavor as “outsiders” is to bring our training in the arts and design to synthetic biology. Over this summer, we learnt the tools and techniques of synthetic biology and developed a piece of life which reflects our concerns, namely, the cultural, ethical and aesthetic implications of Synthetic Biology. Using a DIY approach and getting our hands “wet” was a critical element in the learning process. This approach allowed us to engage in constructive discussions with scientists working in the field. Our construct synthesizes Geosmin, an enzyme normally produced by cyanobacteria and actinobacteria. The biosynthesis of geosmin from farnesyl diphosphate is catalyzed by a single enzyme germacradienol/germacrene D synthase. E. coli, does not bear a gene that codes for germacradienol/germacrene D synthase. We have expressed this gene in different strains of E. coli, under control of the pTrc promoter present in the pTrc99a vector. Geosmin is responsible for producing the earthy smell that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather.

People

Akash Hirosh

Dhruv Nawani

Nikhil Patil

Upasana Simha

Sandeep Mathew

Sanya Rai Gupta

Avni Sethi

Neha Bhat

Gautam Vishwanath

Krupakar Dhinakaran

Ideas

Click for a closer look

Major Outcomes -

  • Facilitate a group of children to design their 'perfect creature' through visual/tactile media and then draw from these experiences and ideas to build another structure.
  • Basic information on micro biology-synthetic biology becomes accessible in the forms of brochures/charts/posters in the team's work space.

Workshop

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
Week Five Week Six Week Seven Week Eight

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Other

http://www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/biology/cells/doing/dna.htm

It is helpful to have an idea of how the other teams are progressing. So, if anyone comes across interesting iGEM team wikis/sites - please put up the links here.

http://igem.uwaterloo.ca/The_UW_iGEM_Team

The IBB Pune Team's wiki [1]

NYMU-Taipei's 2008 Wiki

Readings

Art and Politics

Art

Science

Ethics

Design & Technology

Synthetic Biology

General Design Links