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Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a thought: What if we could create a pro-biotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumours? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Using Quorum Sensing and the ability of bacteria to live in tumour cells, Tal Danino developed bacteria that change the colour of your urine once they started growing in a cancer cell. And since they are already in the tumour, he also on their way to developed a way to stop it growing.

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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.

View full profile Edward Perello from London

Edward Perello is the founder of Desktop Genetics, a company at the forefront of CRISPR genome editing technology. His team is working to provide researchers with access to state of the art genome engineering capabilities from their computers and create an AI that can predict optimal genome editing solutions in any organism.

Edward is a SynBio LEAP fellow working to get more non-biologists into the field.