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October 31, 2018

Can spiders be used as bioindicators of environmental pollution in a geothermal area?

Geothermal energy is a clean and sustainable energy source, but its development still impacts the environment with certain emissions such as mercury and sulfur gases or polluted groundwater that can impact living organisms.

This project from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California will study how spider communities can be used to measure pollutants in these areas, by surveying them as a signal in areas where geothermal stations are prevalent. Mexico has 38 geothermal plants.

They hypothesize that spiders near geothermal plants are less diverse and less abundant when compared to the spiders at non-exploited geothermal potential sites.

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2018 iGEM Jamboree Winners

This year's iGEM competition took place, where teams represented by Experiment backers participated among 365 student-led projects. Among them, University of New South Wales took home a gold medal for their novel design of an enzyme-scaffold system that can connect proteins together. The synthetic biology designs are all shared openly as gene sequences that future teams and scientists can use.

The UNSW team was nominated for the best poster in this year's contest. They were joined by teams from Michigan, Tennessee-Knoxville, and Tartu in receiving recognition and awards. In total, 27 teams have been funded on Experiment over the years.

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