Bacteria as Light Source; Presenting the Biobulb


A group of undergraduate researchers from the University of Wisconsin come forward with a revolutionary discovery which helps us to light up houses without using electricity. They have conducted the research to develop a sustainable bacterial ecosystem which will have the capability to produce light.

A special species of E.coli bacteria, encoded with a gene for bioluminescence using genetic engineering, is what they have developed. The researchers – AnaElise Beckman, Alexandra Cohn, and Michael Zaiken – are now looking for funding for the project via RocketHub.

Michael Zaiken has been quoted as saying about their new successful venture that the E.coli bacteria that lives in the intestine of human beings don’t have the capability to glow in the dark and so they introduced a loop of DNA to the body of these micro organisms so as to make them glow. He continued saying that the biobulb is an essentially closed ecosystem in a jar.

The three researchers are now set to continue their experiments for developing glow with different colors and different methods for the activation of the bacteria.

The funding of project would be sought in such a way that if a donation of $100 is made, the developers would send a starter kit that helps those people interested in biology to create an E.coli bulb by themselves. How about that?

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