We are designing a bioreactor to turn martian soil into oxygen! We are a group of young scientists at the University of Exeter competing in the iGEM synthetic biology competition. ASK US ANYTHING!
We are a team of budding, young scientists from the University of Exeter, UK competing in a worldwide synthetic biology competition called iGEM.
The aim for the competition is to address a problem facing the world using synthetic biology – taking advantage of biological systems for useful purposes.
This year our project aims to produce oxygen from a toxic compound called perchlorate using genetically engineered bacteria.
Perchlorate is used in rocket fuel and can contaminate water and food, with potential harmful effects, especially on unborn children. It is also found abundantly in Martian dust and dirt (regolith).
We are working on a bioreactor that could use these bacteria to produce breathable oxygen and arable soil.
We’ll be travelling to Boston, USA for the competition Jamboree.
We'll be answering questions on Thursday and Friday (27th-28th Sept). ASK US ANYTHING!!!
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