Escherichia coli robots that freeze, smell, swell, and time-keep

Y. Tashiro*, M. Furubayashi, T. Morijiri, K. Suzuki, K. Yasuno, S. Matsuno, A. Katabami, K. Saito, D. Umeno

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As an extracurricular activity, 18 students in chemistry major tried to create four Escherichia coli 'robots': (1) an imaging system with swimmy bacteria; (2) a switchable aroma generator; (3) a balloon bacteria with a light-triggered inflator; and (4) an E. coli clock. None of the projects were completed, but a number of BioBricks were generated. They include an aroma synthesiser, a motility controller, and a size and shape controller. By assembling and tuning these BioBricks, we will be able to complete our robot manufacture. We belive these BioBricks would expand the toolbox in bacterial robotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalIET Synthetic Biology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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