The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition is an event involving university-level students from around the world, organized by MIT. Each team is provided with a kit of genetic ‘parts’, which they can use to design biological systems and devices to produce desired functions in living cells. This year, Team Osaka has developed a method of producing differently coloured bacteria and has used it to create some intricate (and sometimes playful) images. So far, this has involved incorporating fluorescent proteins and organic pigments into an art tool that they call ‘ColrColi’. Their aim is to create as diverse and extensive a palette of art and colouring tools as possible.
For a full list of team members and advisors, click here.