Splinters are a common everyday injury, and current home remedies remain insufficient. Tweezers can be painful, difficult to use, and can leave fragments of wood behind. To solve this problem, Escherichia coli can be genetically engineered to enzymatically digest the cellulose and lignin present in a wood splinter, which can then be washed out of the wound or reabsorbed by the body. [...]
The biosynthesis of allopregnanolone from cholesterol is known and it would be of great benefit if this drug is made through biotechnology. It would greatly reduce the cost of synthesizing the drug. [...]
Current methods for removing caffeine from products are arduous and result in products of inferior quality compared to the original. We propose to solve this problem by constructing a synthetic biological system to accomplish this task. [...]
The Eastern Oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay has been declining steadily over the past century due to a disease called Dermo. Dermo is a disease caused by the Perkinsus marinus parasite, which attaches to the galectin receptors on the outer membrane of oyster cells. The purpose of this project is to create a synthetic seaweed that will capture the protist, P. marinus. [...]
Wax moths (Gallaria mellonella) pose a threat to the honeybee population because they destroy the hives. We plan to combat this threat by designing a wax moth specific trap. To do so, we will use the Pheromone Biosynthesis Activation Neuropeptide (PBAN) to induce the production of pheromones in the wax moths. [...]
Diverse scientific education is not limited to working inside the lab or on the technical aspects of the project. It extends to all areas of science, including safety and ethical considerations, as well as the acknowledgement of different religious and economic perspectives in scientific endeavors.
The expression of bacterial keratinase provides an opportunity to manage degradation-resistant keratin waste. This study aims to provide a foundation for future management of hair and feather waste by reducing the negative effects that the current treatment methods have on the environment, and by producing a useful amino acid protein product of high quality such as animal feed and fertilizers. [...]
Cellulose is a very biologically useful substance which has a great potential within commercial bioengineering. We are specifically interested in using cellulose as a medium to create an artificial seaweed which will allure the parasite, Perkinsus marinus, preventing it from attacking native oysters of the Chesapeake Bay. Here we will address a procedure which we adapted from a group at Imperial College, London, which describes the creation of the growth media and subsequent propagation of the G. xylinus. We found an easy and reliable technique to culture the G. xylinus to produce a thick sheet of cellulose within two to three weeks. [...]
DNA methylation is one of several epigenetic mechanisms that can affect an organism’s operation. The purpose of this research was to discover and refine a method to amplify DNA while conserving its methylation pattern. [...]
Design objective: Show a double helix DNA in the process of being edited by a user attempting to create something of a great use.
Theme: Scientific knowlege along with skilled use of digital technology can create something of great value. [...]