The Biobulb is a bacteria-powered bulb, glowing naturally from the light emitted by a population of genetically engineered bacteria.
Created by a team of undergraduates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Biobulb gets its glow from a strain of E.coli that has been engineered with a plasmid containing the gene for bioluminescence. The bacteria are housed in what the team refers to as an “ecosystem in a jar,” a closed and stable ecosystem made up of an array of microbes that help to control population and provide nutrient recycling.
The team’s goal in creating the bulb was to increase awareness of the field of synthetic biology. They are currently raising funds for the project on Rockethub, where contributors can receive their own biobulb kit.
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