Maxwell Hunt holding glowing E. coli (IMAGE) Rice University Caption Rice University graduate student Maxwell Hunt holds a plate of glowing E. coli. Rice synthetic biologists added fluorescent reporter genes to the bacteria and wired the genes to a sensor that pathogenic bacteria use to infect humans. The modification allowed the researchers to rapidly screen large libraries of peptides and determine which ones trigger the sensor. Credit Gustavo Raskosky/Rice University Usage Restrictions Must credit: "Gustavo Raskosky/Rice University" License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.