Cool iGEM Project: Creating the first Synthetic Biology-based Video Game

12/07/2015 - 2 minutes

It’s iGEM- Time, the world’s biggest synthetic biology competition! Since 2004, students are competing to create, explore and share their innovative ideas in the hot field of synthetic biology. All the teams then go to Boston (not at the MIT anymore since it’s stopped organizing the competition) to be judged and win a prize.

Each year, very cool projects are developed. One project in particular caught our attention, namely the one from Paris-IONIS. It is called BACT’Man, the first synthetic biology-based Videogame, which allows you to control a bacteria that avoid touching lasers.

Here’s how it works: bacteria are made fluorescent and introduced in a bubble with a medium containing lysosomes. The bubble is then put on a microchip connected to a controller and a screen. You can move the bubble and the goal is to avoid hitting the lasers, otherwise it will release the toxic content from the lysosome and kill the bacteria. In other words, Game Over!

The team just launched its kickstarter campaign to get a part of the funding to complete their project.

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