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<p>The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is an annual undergraduate research competition hosted by MIT.  The project aim is to develop Synthetic Biology through the creation of a registry of parts. Each part in the registry is an analyzed strain of DNA with several specific restriction sites at each end of the fragment. These strains can be anything from promoters to genes, allowing easy assembly and reassembly of these parts into genetic circuits. The 2006  
<p>The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is an annual undergraduate research competition hosted by MIT.  The project aim is to develop Synthetic Biology through the creation of a registry of parts. Each part in the registry is an analyzed strain of DNA with several specific restriction sites at each end of the fragment. These strains can be anything from promoters to genes, allowing easy assembly and reassembly of these parts into genetic circuits. The 2006  
jamboree consisted of 37 teams from 12 countries whom presented their findings.</p>
jamboree consisted of 37 teams from 12 countries whom presented their findings.</p>
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<p>The PSU 2007 iGEM team is currently developing projects radiation detection and ethanol production. More information can be found in the Project Section.</p>  
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Increasing energy demands have brought about the need for a renewable, efficient energy source. Using microorganisms to convert biomass to fuel offers a promising alternative to traditional energy sources, but still faces developmental challenges. Microbes such as Escherichia coli have evolved to preferentially metabolize sugars in a process knows as diauxie.  Engineering bacteria to eliminate diauxie with the common lignocellulose sugar xylose would allow faster digestion of ordinary plant biomass while simultaneously reducing the costly sugar residues of wild type bacterial digests.  Such modified strains of E. coli need to reduce or eliminate glucose’s repression of catabolization proteins necessary to utilize the energy stored in xylose.  The effect of such augmentation would be readily assayed with fluorescent proteins placed downstream of xylose regulatory regions.</p>  
<p>If you are interested in joining the team [[IGEM:PennState/Newmember|click here]].</p></font>
<p>If you are interested in joining the team [[IGEM:PennState/Newmember|click here]].</p></font>
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*[[user:GTobin|<font color="#CCFFFF">Garrett Tobin</font>]]
*[[user:GTobin|<font color="#CCFFFF">Garrett Tobin</font>]]
*[[user:luw134|<font color="#CCFFFF">Lucien Weiss</font>]]
*[[user:luw134|<font color="#CCFFFF">Lucien Weiss</font>]]
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*[[user:samhita_banavar|<font color="#CCFFFF">Samhita Banavar</font>]]
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<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Tenuously Affiliated Undergraduates</font></h2>
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<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Affiliated Undergraduates</font></h2>
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Cbuck|<font color="#CCFFFF">Chris Buckno]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Cbuck|<font color="#CCFFFF">Chris Buckno]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Jbig|<font color="#CCFFFF">John Bigus</font>]]  
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Jbig|<font color="#CCFFFF">John Bigus</font>]]  
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Jdun|<font color="#CCFFFF">Jen Dunning</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Jdun|<font color="#CCFFFF">Jen Dunning</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2007/user:GKho|<font color="#CCFFFF">George Khoury</font>]]
<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Graduate Students</font></h2>
<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Graduate Students</font></h2>
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Dtanjore|<font color="#CCFFFF">Megan Marshall</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Megan_Marshall|<font color="#CCFFFF">Megan Marshall</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Dtanjore|<font color="#CCFFFF">Deepti Tanjore</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:Dtanjore|<font color="#CCFFFF">Deepti Tanjore</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:SWal|<font color="#CCFFFF">Steve Walker</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/user:SWal|<font color="#CCFFFF">Steve Walker</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/Labbook/GarrettTobin|<font color="#CCFFFF">Garrett Tobin</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/Labbook/GarrettTobin|<font color="#CCFFFF">Garrett Tobin</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/Labbook/LucienWeiss|<font color="#CCFFFF">Lucien Weiss</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/Labbook/LucienWeiss|<font color="#CCFFFF">Lucien Weiss</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/Labbook/SamhitaBanavar|<font color="#CCFFFF">Samhita Banavar</font>]]
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<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Fun Stuff</font></h2>
<h2><font color="#FFFFFF">Fun Stuff</font></h2>
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<h2>Protocols</h2>
<h2>Protocols</h2>
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Growthmedia|<font color="#000000">Growth Media</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Cloning|<font color="#000000">Cloning</font>]]  
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Cloning|<font color="#000000">Cloning</font>]]  
**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/PreparingChemicallyCompetentCells|<font color="#000000">Preparing chemically competent cells</font>]]   
**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/PreparingChemicallyCompetentCells|<font color="#000000">Preparing chemically competent cells</font>]]   
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**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Ligation|<font color="#000000">Ligation</font>]]  
**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Ligation|<font color="#000000">Ligation</font>]]  
**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Transformation|<font color="#000000">Transformation</font>]]
**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Transformation|<font color="#000000">Transformation</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Lambda Techniques|<font color="#000000">Lambda Techniques</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/dnagels|<font color="#000000">Agarose Gel</font>]]
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**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/sybrgreen|<font color="#000000">Working with Sybr Green I</font>]]
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*[http://openwetware.org/wiki/Silver:_PCR <font color="#000000">PCR</font>]
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**[[IGEM:PennState/2007/FreezeandSqueeze|<font color="#000000">PCR Purification Freeze and Squeeze</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Plate-Reading|<font color="#000000">Plate-reading</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Plate-Reading|<font color="#000000">Plate-reading</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/StrainConstruction|<font color="#000000">Strain Construction</font>]]   
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/StrainConstruction|<font color="#000000">Strain Construction</font>]]   
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Eikenplates|<font color="#000000">Eiken Agar Plates</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/PSUinventory|<font color="#000000">Inventory</font>]]
*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/PSUinventory|<font color="#000000">Inventory</font>]]
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/dnagels|<font color="#000000">DNA Gel</font>]]
 
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**[[IGEM:PennState/2006/sybrgreen|<font color="#000000">Working with Sybr Green I</font>]]
 
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Growthmedia|<font color="#000000">Growth Media</font>]]
 
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/LBPlates|<font color="#000000">LB Plates</font>]]
 
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2006/Eikenplates|<font color="#000000">Eiken Agar Plates</font>]]
 
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*[http://openwetware.org/wiki/Silver:_PCR <font color="#000000">PCR</font>]
 
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*[[IGEM:PennState/2007/FreezeandSqueeze|<font color="#000000">PCR Purification Freeze and Squeeze</font>]]
 
<h2>Progress</h2>
<h2>Progress</h2>
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<h2>Links</h2>
<h2>Links</h2>
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*[[iGEM|iGEM on OpenWetWare]]
 
*[http://parts.mit.edu/registry Parts registry]
*[http://parts.mit.edu/registry Parts registry]
*[http://parts.mit.edu/igem iGEM wiki]
*[http://parts.mit.edu/igem iGEM wiki]
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*[http://tanager.biotec.psu.edu/ Oligo orders]
*[http://tanager.biotec.psu.edu/ Oligo orders]
*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=genome&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=Overview&list_uids=10119&window=7964&begin=10568 Lambda Phage Genome]
*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=genome&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=Overview&list_uids=10119&window=7964&begin=10568 Lambda Phage Genome]
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*[http://mycoplasmas.vm.iastate.edu/lab_site/methods/DNA/precip.html Ethanol Precipitation]
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*[http://0-www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.ilsprod.lib.neu.edu/blast/bl2seq/wblast2.cgi]
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*[http://www.sciencegateway.org/tools/bacteria.htm OD Calculator]
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The International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition is an annual undergraduate research competition hosted by MIT. The project aim is to develop Synthetic Biology through the creation of a registry of parts. Each part in the registry is an analyzed strain of DNA with several specific restriction sites at each end of the fragment. These strains can be anything from promoters to genes, allowing easy assembly and reassembly of these parts into genetic circuits. The 2006 jamboree consisted of 37 teams from 12 countries whom presented their findings.

Increasing energy demands have brought about the need for a renewable, efficient energy source. Using microorganisms to convert biomass to fuel offers a promising alternative to traditional energy sources, but still faces developmental challenges. Microbes such as Escherichia coli have evolved to preferentially metabolize sugars in a process knows as diauxie. Engineering bacteria to eliminate diauxie with the common lignocellulose sugar xylose would allow faster digestion of ordinary plant biomass while simultaneously reducing the costly sugar residues of wild type bacterial digests. Such modified strains of E. coli need to reduce or eliminate glucose’s repression of catabolization proteins necessary to utilize the energy stored in xylose. The effect of such augmentation would be readily assayed with fluorescent proteins placed downstream of xylose regulatory regions.

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