This week, our Upper Sixth biologists have successfully genetically engineered E.Coli bacteria to emit a green glow under UV light.
The process involved the insertion of a gene responsible for green fluorescence, typically found in jellyfish Aequorea victoria, into bacterial cells. This gene codes for a protein called GFP, which gives them the same ability.
This is a key tool in cellular biology, as the GFP protein is used as a valuable marker to study the inner workings of a cell, in real time. Because it is non-toxic and visibly fluorescent, GFP allows researchers to track cellular processes in real time. This experienced allowed our students to see this protein in action.
We are delighted that projects like this allow our biology students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical experimentation and discovery.