Biological Circuit Virtual Lab
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About the Biological Circuit Virtual Simulation Lab
The Biological Circuit Lab is the continuation of the Synthetic Biology Lab. In this lab, you will improve the design of the previous biological circuit to target cancer cells. You will use the Gibson assembly technique to clone the circuit parts into the vector that will deliver it to the cells.
Design a biological circuit
In the Biological Circuit lab, your first task is to combine different biological parts to create biological circuits and test them in a cell simulator. Use the specific microRNA profile of cancer cells to design an apoptotic biological circuit that will selectively kill cancer cells. You are the only hope for a patient with a rare form of cancer.
Learn about a novel method to assemble large circuits
The circuit parts are combined with the Gateway cloning technique to produce position vectors that will guide the insertion of the circuit parts into the final circuit. You will learn how unique nucleotide sequences in the position vectors can be used to assemble large biological circuits. Your task is to identify the right sequences to produce the required circular plasmid.
Use PCR to produce circuit parts
You will learn how to use the PCR technique to produce an additional DNA fragment that is needed for the Gibson assembly of the full circuit. After purifying the DNA fragments with magnetic beads, you will clone your plasmid vector with the Gibson assembly technique.The final task of the Biological Circuit lab is to test your circuit in living cells to see if the cancer cells are the only cells that die.
Will you be able to find a cure for this rare form of cancer?
Prof. Ron Weiss
Professor of Biological Engineering
Synthetic Biology Center at MIT
Shiva Kalinga, PhD
Synthetic Biology Center at MIT
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