After a weekend of presentations by nearly 120 competing teams of student researchers from around the world, Team Slovenia from the University of Ljubljana took home the 2010 BioBrick Grand Prize Trophy at the 2010 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition Jamboree.
The team’s goal was to bring assembly-line efficiency to cellular processes. To do this, the students engineered scaffolds for biosynthetic pathways by binding the functional proteins in this pathway to a DNA strand. When applied to a violacein biosynthetic pathway, the engineered pathway produced a six-fold increase in final product compared with that made without the side products created by the natural pathway.
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