7. Many cosmetic products are made from petroleum 🛢#Synbio may provide a sustainable alternative in the future 🧬 Read more here 👇
In modern societies, there is a growing interest in beauty and grooming. Products like sunscreens or moisturizers are very common in the shopping baskets. Regretfully, many of these personal care products are made from petroleum-based chemicals and thus, they have a serious impact on the environment. Currently, many companies are already using microbes to obtain key ingredients for cosmetic products like collagen, a protein involved in skin strength and elasticity. Most collagen used in personal care comes from the hides and connective tissues of cows, but it is possible to genetically engineer bacteria to produce this protein. Like this, many other essential ingredients of cosmetic products can be obtained in a sustainable way, thanks to synthetic biology! To the publication>
8. Making jeans involves using toxic chemicals that harm the environment 👖🧪 #Microbes could provide sustainable dyes to make this cloth! ♻ Read more here! 👇
If you take a look at your wardrobe, you will probably see some denim clothes. The characteristic blue colour of jeans is called indigo. It is a beautiful hue, but to produce this dye we need pollutant substances such as petroleum or cyanide. Thus, the chemical synthesis of indigo is dangerous for nature and also for the workers in contact with these substances. What if bacteria could take over this task? The start-up Tinctorium is engineering bacteria to make them able to produce indigo in a sustainable way. Besides, they are using naturally-occurring enzymes to apply the indigo onto denim yarn, so the entire process is far less toxic. The first pair of jeans dyed by bacteria could be ready in less than two years! To the publication>
9. Explaining to kids what a gene is can be difficult ❓ This video by the King’s College London #iGEM team will make this task easier! 🧬 @KCL_iGEM19
Technical words. Molecules that can’t be seen at plain sight. Synthetic biology can be a very complex topic to talk about. However, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible to understand for kids! If fact, synthetic biology can awake the curiosity of the little ones – if we explain it properly! With this in mind, King’s College team of iGEM 2019 from London has made a tutorial to make concepts like ‘gene’ or ‘genetic disease’ easier to understand. We hope there will be many future scientists within the audience! To the publication>
10. Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the funfair! 🎡 Any #bacteria-made sweets before riding the big wheel? 🍬 You can vote now in our #Synbio Quiz! 👇
The answer of our sweetest Synbio Quiz ever was B! Gummy bear’s key ingredient is gelatin, the compound that gives this candy its characteristic stiffness. Gelatin is made of a protein called collagen which is commonly obtained from animal tissue. Companies like Geltor are already engineering bacteria to produce this collagen and make microbial gelatin. In the future, bacterial gummy bears could eventually replace the traditional ones!