ULethbridge iGEM – a solution to the issue of blue-green algae in Southern Alberta and around the world

 

ULethbridge iGEM, Lethbridge, AB

Developing a targeted approach to tackle pollution caused by blue-green algae (tech focus: synthetic biology)

 

Team Grade Level: Undergraduate
Team Experience Level: Advanced
STEM Focus: Synthetic Biology

 

We are the 2021 University of Lethbridge Collegiate iGEM Team. iGEM is an annual synthetic biology competition involving teams from around the world. As an iGEM team we have a lot of experience in the application of synthetic biology approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems, and have focused our projects on finding solutions to local problems here in Alberta. For our project this year, we are designing a solution to the issue of blue-green algae in Southern Alberta and around the world. Our plan is to design a target-specific method of delivering a gene to cyanobacteria that codes for a protein that will cause cell death. We will also design constructs to deal with the resulting problem of microcystins released into the water following cell lysis.

 

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June 16, 2022