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The sample6 approach cuts down testing time significantly © 2015 sample6
Sample6 is the fastest pathogen detection for different viruses and diseases that occur in plants that we eat, for example salmonella. Sample6 has developed a pathogen diagnostic system which takes advantage of the natural properties of bacteriophages, which infects and replicates within a bacterium. The phages are designed  to find specific pathogenic bacteria and forces the cells to express bioluminescent protein, luciferase. So when a virus or bacteria is detected, the test sample starts glowing. The system can be housed on-site and provide swift results, which significantly reduces cost and time invested in food testing.

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View full profile Lena Asai from London & Tokyo

I study Design (BA) at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am a member of London Biohackspace, the UK’s first community lab, and is interested in exploring the relationship between art, design, and synthetic biology. I am participating in iGEM 2015 in the
Community Labs Track representing London Biohackspace. My team is developing a library of yeast strains for beer brewers. Feel free to drop me a message!

View full profile Jérôme Lutz from Berlin & Munich, Germany

I like to share the great things I discover daily while researching and working in the field of Synthetic Biology.

When I talk to people about it, they often refer to Science Fiction. However, when I send them links to this wiki and they read through those pages, they start understanding that this is real and it's happening right now.