Exploring Ethical Dilemmas of Synthetic Biology with the NRP-UEA-Norwich iGEM team

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Guest blog post by NRP iGEM Team at University of East Anglia, UK

During the summer a team of seven undergraduate students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) carried out a summer research project as part of the iGEM 2012 competition. The international genetically engineered machines (iGEM) competition is an exciting opening into the world of synthetic biology that is organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.

The NRP iGEM team
The NRP iGEM team

NRP-UEA-Norwich is the second iGEM team to emerge from the Norwich Research Park (NRP) and they have succeeded in producing four functional biosensors that have the potential to detect Nitric Oxide. The team also collaborated with an artist, Amy Congdon to develop a concept company and technology termed Quanticare and Cura, respectively.

Cura is Quanticare’s revolutionary healthcare solution, a tattoo made of immortalised mammalian cells containing different bio sensors that have been specifically tailored to monitor and respond to changes in the body. Different areas of the tattoo correspond to different areas of the body. Utilising comparator circuit technology developed by the NRP-UEA-Norwich iGEM Team, Cura can detect unwanted changes in health, respond to those changes and alert the user by fluorescing.

The NRP iGEM team would like to thank the Biochemical Society for funding our concept video. For more information: http://www.quanticare.co.uk  or tweet us @NRPiGEM


Team members: Joy Edwards-Hicks, Khadija Ouadi, Lukas Harnisch, Pascoe Harvey, Rachel Dobson, Rebecca Lo and Russell Gritton.

Advisors: Dr. Richard Bowater and Richard Kelwick

Artist: Amy Congdon

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