ElectrEcoBlu - A Novel Electrically-Powered Biosensor

Ramsay, S. et al. (2007) ElectrEcoBlu - A Novel Electrically-Powered Biosensor. iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Competition Jamboree, Boston, MA, USA, 02 - 06 Nov 2007.

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Abstract

This project aimed to design and construct a completely novel type of self-powering electrochemical biosensor, called ElectrEcoBlu. The novelty lies in the fact that the output signal is an electrochemical mediator which enables electrical current to be generated in a microbial fuel cell. ElectrEcoBlu functions as a biosensor for a range of important and widespread environmental organic pollutants which stimulate the biosensor to produce its own electrical power output. The system has the potential to be used for self-powered long term in situ and online monitoring with an electrical readout. Our approach exploited a range of state-of-the art modelling techniques to support the design and construction of this novel synthetic biological system. This was facilitated by the entire team - biologists and modellers - working in an integrated laboratory environment.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gilbert, Prof David and McLeay, Miss Lynsey and Jensen, Miss Mai-Britt and Ramsay, Dr Scott and Rosser, Professor Susan
Authors: Ramsay, S., Jensen, M.-B., Rosser, S., Gilbert, D., Merrick, C., McLeay, L., Paakkunainen, M., Trybiło, M., Friend, T., Marbà, M., Harkness, C., Kidykas, K., and Gu, X.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QR Microbiology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
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