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Engineered Cyanobacteria
For A Greener Future

Pioneering sustainable solutions at the forefront of synthetic biology, revolutionizing our world one gene at a time.

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Current Situation

The water all around the globe is connected through a system called a watershed. Rivers, lakes, creeks and, seas—they all eventually reach the ocean. But that means that everything that’s spilled in a body of water upstream can reach the ocean as well.


liters of petroleum polluted our planet’s water bodies last year

Our Solution

Cyanobacteria are a type of microorganisms that have the ability to produce oxygen through photosynthesis. They were one of the first organisms to ever exist on Earth! They started out in the ocean but are now one of the most widespread type of algae, with over 2000 species in 150 genera. Alcanivorax borkumensis is a small bacterium that has the ability to feed on hydrocarbons and alkanes. Meaning, it can degrade petroleum, breaking it down in non-toxic components. This organism naturally occurs near oil spills or large quantities of petroleum. This year, our team designed a project centred around the idea of giving cyanobacteria the ability of A. borkumensis’s. This way we could fight water pollution with an organism that can produce oxygen as well as degrade petroleum.


Even though we firmly believe our project has the potential to be useful at large, we focused on a smaller scale: lake pollution. While it might be easier to tackle, it’s not any less important. Through our ideas, designs, concepts, and data we gathered, one day, we hope to see engineered cyanobacteria helping to achieve a greener future.

Wiki Design

Designing the wiki page was a tedious process that began with the desire of creating a responsive website. We learnt how to write in HTML using Bootstrap 5 while also focusing on the UI and UX design. The website structure was carefully thought out, taking into account the 8 point grid system (everything is a multiple of 8: layout, dimensions, padding and margin of elements), making scaling for a wide range of devices simple and consistent.

Human practices

Human practices are something we tried to consider throughout our entire project, from the very first meeting when we decided to participate in the iGEM, while we were brainstorming ideas, and then even later when we started our experiments. Find out how we incorporated it in every aspect of our project here.