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Rice University

Synthetic Biology

Caption: In previous research, Rice synthetic biologist Jeff Tabor and colleagues created colonies of light-sensitive bacteria that exhibited complex patterns when exposed to images, like this portrait of Albert Einstein. In coming research, Tabor and colleagues at Rice and University of Washington plan to insert genes that will allow the bacteria to grow into complex shapes on their own.

Credit: Matt Good and Jeff Tabor

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