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Our Project

Our Project

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     For this season our team is working on expanding and perfecting our project. Our goal is to create a biobrick and a working prototype that will detect levels of xylene, which is linked directly to carcinogens found in petroleum products such as benzene and its derivatives. Our biobrick will create different amounts of fluorescent protein in the presence of xylene bound to xylR. The economy in our rural community is based largely on agriculture and oil and gas industries. Oil spills have detrimental effects on the environment, economy, and general health. This year we will be testing out two different indicators to allow options concerning scale and intensity of colour change. In future years our project will allow early identification of contamination will facilitate rapid clean-up and minimize health risks to members of our community and to the consumers who rely on the food we produce.



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