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Undergraduate students bring Intranet to rural Ghanaian school

March 16, 2020

Undergraduate students bring Intranet to rural Ghanaian school

A team of undergraduates, who are part of the Global Ties program at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, developed a self-sustaining and scalable computer server and intranet system. The system will allow teachers at the Semanhyiya American School (SAS) in the rural village of Senase, Ghana, to download Internet pages and educational materials that students can access anytime at school—even when there is no Internet.  Full Story


UC San Diego synthetic biologists redesign the way bacteria 'talk' to each other

March 4, 2020

UC San Diego synthetic biologists redesign the way bacteria 'talk' to each other

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have redesigned how harmless E. coli bacteria “talk” to each other. The new genetic circuit could become a useful new tool for synthetic biologists who, as a field, are looking for ways to better control the bacteria they engineer to perform all sorts of tasks, including drug delivery, bioproduction of valuable compounds, and environmental sensing. Full Story


Scientists Design Way to Use Harmless Bacteria to Detect Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

February 27, 2020

Scientists Design Way to Use Harmless Bacteria to Detect Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

A team from UC San Diego and the San Diego startup Quantitative BioSciences has a new approach to continuous monitoring of heavy metal contamination in drinking water using bacteria as sensors of contamination. The team recently published their advances in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Full Story