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Lecture | This Week's Discoveries

Making a prison for bacteria (and their genes)

  • Leiden iGEM Team 2021
Date
Tuesday 28 September 2021
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Making a prison for bacteria (and their genes)

iGEM is an international competition in synthetic biology. This year, team Leiden created a system for biocontainment, i.e. preventing the spread of bacteria and the sysnthetic genes they might carry. Our project is called DOPL Lock, or Double Plasmid Lock, in short. It relies on having two plasmids which both carry a toxin gene, as well as the gene for the antitoxin on the other plasmid. This creates a relationship of mutual dependency between the plasmids and allows us to reduce the chances of either plasmid spreading. We hope this system can one day make it safer to use GMO’s outside contained environments.

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