Field of Science

Coloured bacteria vs. Angry birds

For those who didn't catch the news when it first came out, the iGEM project I carried out in the summer of '09 has been nominated for a Design Award! The Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2011 to be precise.

I'm very excited about it, even though I don't really feel like a designer (I don't own a singlething made by Apple). We're up against some pretty intense competition, such as the Angry Birds phone game, Rock band 3 and quite a few phone apps. Still, it's pretty awesome to be nominated, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the rest of the project displays.

Our two wonderful designer-friends James King and Daisy Ginsberg have put together a great video explaining the project. It's got some great animation, and clips from a radio interview with one of my fellow lab rats, and even some pictures of the infamous Orange Liberation Front...

E. chromi from Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg on Vimeo.

9 comments:

Kevin Bonham said...

Considering how many hours of my life have been wasted playing Angry Birds (I have 3 stars on every level), I hope you kick its ass!

Also, this project looks awesome.

Lab Rat said...

@Kevin: thanks! I must admit my loyalties are somewhat divided as I'm pretty sure that most of the summer of '09 consisted of making coloured bacteria and being the bass guitarist in rock-band...

Khalil A. said...

Wow very exciting news! Good luck ;)

Raven said...

¡ El proyecto tiene un aspecto fant├ístico !

Buena suerte en la competici├│n :D

James said...

Very cool! I have had several discussion with fellow lab rats in my cage about bacterial approaches to environmental sensing. I explored some ideas with rearranging operons to give a readout based on an environmental signal but only made it as far as ideas and scribbles. You guys developed such an elegant solution, well done :)

Lab Rat said...

Thanks @Khalil and @Raven!

@James: I must admit, the idea of making a bacteria sensor only came to us about half way through the project. Before then we were just playing around with colours, until our supervisor quietly explained that for iGEM we needed an actual intracellular *machine* not just pretty bacteria :p

Hannah Waters said...

Good luck!! That's really exciting

Lucas Brouwers said...

Congratulations on the nomination, that's great news! Good luck in the contest, hope you and the bacteria kick some bird ass :)

Lab Rat said...

I had a great time at the nominees party, there were loads of great projects there and I'm looking forward too seeing which ones won!