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== Acknowledgements ==
== Acknowledgements ==
[ Dr. Chris Proud] ,for providing us eIF4A for experiment  
[ Dr. Chris Proud], for providing us pGEX-eIF4A for experiment.

Revision as of 16:50, 26 October 2010


Project overview by animation


The Biobrick Parts Registry is beginning to overflow with parts. At last count, there are over 14000 parts in the registry. With this many parts, the registry has made it a very easy to design experiments, but for its complexness it has made it very hard to complete experiments. We design experients, order the parts, receive the parts, and ligate them together, only to find failed results. Even if we follow the correct arrangement of parts (i.e. regulator-RBS-coding sequence-terminator), some parts still don't fit together in a circuit; and we can't tell without spending time finding out through experimentation.

Yet, the current iGEM trend is to create larger and larger circuits, circuits that have less and less chance of working together. We've seen iGEM teams get more creative with bacteria, with more ideas that can enhance synthetic biology. But it often ends as ideas and designs. Rather than spending time hoping that the parts we want will fit together, we need to find out how parts interact so that we know which parts work with each other.

Just like we know how IC components work with each other to create a working circuit, we need to find similar design rules in synthetic biology. The lack of these rules creates limitations in the development of synthetic biology. However, another problem arises when we try to find these rules. With current technology, it takes to much to culture cells, much less be able to discover the intricacies of a cell, even one as simple as bacteria

Current research focuses on using genes as reporters to find out the inner workings of transcription control: “What will happen when a promoter is turned on?” In our case, rather than focusing on transcription, we wish to concentrate on gene expression with regards to space and time. With more detail and information on gene expression, we can explore the interaction between parts in vivo.

So with these problems in mind, we created SpeedyBac.


For iGEM2010, the NYMU-Taipei team has created a novel assay that speeds up the expression cycle of a gene. We have designed reporting assays that are faster than conventional methods while revealing the amount and location of mRNA. We have also integrated a faster inducible switch which can switch on/off of protein translation. Finally, we build a speedy degradation system for stop the signal from gene expression specificity and quickly. Combined, these allow us to study mRNA quicker, and better, while reducing the interference of protein translation.


To achieve our goals, our design can split into three parts:

  • Speedy switch
    • Faster production of protein by inducing the translation of pre-transcribed RNA molecules.
  • Speedy reporter
    • Using mRNA aptamers and split GFP-eIF4A reporter systems to show promoter activity faster.
  • Speedy protein degrader
    • Fast, specific, and constitutive proteolysis achieved by engineering fluorescent proteins with LVA tags.


Dr. Chris Proud, for providing us pGEX-eIF4A for experiment.