Bacteria printer

The biofilm printer made from the children’s construction kit K’NEX was held in high esteem at the iGEM Jamboree, held from 25–28 September in Boston. The TU Project Biolink team was one of over 250 teams to take part in the final of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition for university teams. The eight students won the overall prize for undergraduates and three special prizes, including that for best hardware – in this case the printer. The printer makes it possible for researchers to create layers of bacteria (biofilms) in a controlled manner that (as scale, growth or plaque) are hard to remove.



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