Research Associate Marin Sawa from Imperial College London was invited to exhibit her “Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing” work at the prestigious international STARTS Prize 2017 at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz earlier this month. The STARTS (Science, Technology and Arts) prize is awarded by the European Commission to projects at the cutting edge of Europe’s creative and cultural sectors. Her biodesign work is an aesthetic biotechnological installation, in which inkjet printing technology is used to seed algae on paper to grow and harness their air purification, health food, and bioelectricity applications in one compact creative system. The work is based on algae printing technology developed in collaboration with Professor Peter Nixon at Imperial College London. PHYCONET provided funds towards materials for the exhibit. The installation has been moved to the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival in Brussels, and will be exhibited there until the end of September. Marin’s report on the exhibition can be found here.

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  • December 7, 2017

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  • Congratulations to Attila Molnar (The University of Edinburgh), whose PHYCONET-funded PoC project results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, “Efficient targeted DNA editing and replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins

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  • A 2-day PHYCONET sponsored workshop titled “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum” was led by Payam Mehrshahi and Katrin Geisler (University of Cambridge) between 29-30 November.  As part of this workshop, eight enthusiastic algae biotechnologists were introduced to different transformation methods and the basics

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