E. coli smells like bananas and looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster

On October 27th, NUAMPS documented the annual Silverstein lecture – Building a New Biology, presented by Drew Endy.

Drew Endy is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Rated among the 75 most influential of the 21st century by Esquire, he has been working on the creation of standardized biological components and the innovation and implementation of open-source biology.

The work he highlights in his talk includes an undergraduate project that genetically altered the smell of E. coli bacteria, as well as a separate project that created photographic bacterial film using engineered light-sensitive E. coli!

Click here to view the full talk, as he presents new and developing discoveries in bioengineering.