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Synthetic sports: a bacterial relay race

Synthetic sports: a bacterial relay race

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Pennsylvania State University is well known for the breadth and depth of its athletic programs. But, until last year, the Penn State Athletic Department had focused on tuition-paying and scholarship-funded eukaryotes, while bacteria had languished in neglect. To reconcile this apparent inequity, we designed a bacterial relay race. We eventually hope to have a multi-leg relay race with laps, but for the initial iGEM competition the project was simplified to a ‘hand-off’ where a group of motile bacteria would encounter an immotile group, transferring a signal to turn on the latter's motility.

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