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Missouri S&T iGEM uses synthetic biology to solve real world problems. An interdisciplinary design team under the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, we participate in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Undergraduates from a variety of majors devise creative approaches to genetic education and research while forming connections and having fun. Interested students should attend a general meeting or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2018 Project: Bt and the Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive pest that is spreading quickly across the US and infecting ash trees, killing them with a 99% mortality rate. This insect has already spread across 33 states and killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America (see this site for more information. The goal of our current project is to insert the gene for a Cry toxin from bacillus thuringiensis into E. Coli, mutate it and find the best mutant by testing how well it attaches to the gut receptors of EAB, then move that mutant gene into the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana.