UNBC Students Take on Super Bug
Prince George, B.C. – UNBC’s Synthetic Biology Club is recruiting fellow students in their quest to combat the super bug.
Known scientifically as the MRSA bacteria strain, the super bug is a big problem in hospitals across North America and is resistant to the strongest antibiotics.
“And so, that kind of spurred our interest and we were thinking of ways to use synthetic biology to try and treat these things,” says club co-president Brendan Reiter. “So, we’re trying to come up with a new way to use the same process that they used to become resistant to antibiotics and actually kill them.”
To help reach their goal he says they are enlisting the help of UNBC students currently studying math, physics, biology, biochemistry or business to brainstorm, do cutting-edge research and fundraise so the club can return to the 2017 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston next fall.
“You get to be in a room full of the brightest minds in synthetic biology in the world. It’s both humbling and exciting.”
Reiter was on last year’s team which attempted to build a genetically engineered system using an e-coli strain to remove copper from water so that it is safe to drink.
Those interested in taking part in this year’s study can email Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or his colleague Keanna Woidak at email@example.com.