The Newcastle team is competing in the 2016 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). It is an annual global competition that ends in a synthetic biology science fair called the Giant Jamboree. The eight-person team from Newcastle is just one of 300 teams from 40 countries.
The Newcastle team has set out to create biological versions of the electronic components that are used in many electronic circuits, such as lightbulbs and batteries. They have designed, characterized, and documented new parts in the parts registry. We have also made lots of new friends through collaboration with a number of teams and our attendance in UK and European meetups. Finally, we prototyped an electronic breadboard kit that will allow a user to combine electronic parts with these new biological versions.
They placed the miniature microbial fuel cell construct containing E. coli transformed with BBa_K1895004 and another standard microfluidic chip, connecting them via our hardware connector pieces. They confirmed using a multimeter that the voltage across the receiving chip (being output from the 'battery') was as we expected based on our previous results.