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Gen2Seat: Genetic Generation Seat

Terreform ONE

Location

33 Flatbush Ave.


Brooklyn,

NY


11217

Client/Owner

iGEM

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2012

Size

3 sq. feet

Type

Other

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Project Description

The emergence of citizen biotech must be seen within the broader context of advanced technologies becoming ever more readily available to individuals and groups. With that availability, comes enhanced opportunities to develop new ideas. We have produced the first full-scale synthetic biological chair entitled; Genetic Generation Seat or Gen2Seat. At IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition, we have genetically engineered the naturally occurring bacterium Acetobacter xylinum. This bacterium secretes copious amounts of cellulose, which can then be harvested and used directly as a building material. Alternatively, our goal is to create a novel strain that can also secrete the biopolymer chitin, which is normally produced by arthropods, such as insects and crustaceans. In addition, we fused mycelium blocks with the modified acetobactor to create a new biopolymer. Applying the tools of synthetic biology, alongside other biological disciplines, such as microbiology and tissue engineering, will allow us to create products more organically, with minimal waste and energy expenditure.

Media: biopolymer of acetobacter, chitin, mycelium.
Size: 20"x 21"x 14".
Support/ Consultation: Ecovative Design LLC, Suzanne Lee and BioCouture.
Sponsor: NYU Gallatin.
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