Group picture of the iGEM students team of the University of Exeter

BMG LABTECH supports another iGEM team providing the group with a microplate reader

Aylesbury, UK (August 2015) – BMG LABTECH is providing the team of the University of Exeter, UK with a FLUOstar Omega® microplate reader and the relevant application support required for the competition.

The annual competition is organized by nonprofit-organization iGEM (international genetically engineered machine). This year, 280 teams from all around the world work all summer long on their synthetic biology projects. From September 24th to 28thall teams present their results at the Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA.


The primary aim of the University of Exeter’s team is to design a toehold switch (a type of riboregulator) with the potential to detect any given RNA sequence, and to standardize it into a BioBrick for the future use by other iGEM teams. Bradley Brown, BSc Biochemistry in second year says: “Tuberculosis in cattle is a problem local to our region, Devon, causing devastating economic and personal losses to farmers in the dairy and beef industries. Therefore, the immediate application of our project is the detection of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of tuberculosis in cattle, in a safe, low-tech and cost-effective manner.” In order to make this a simple test which can be used in the field, the team is aiming to express it as a cell-free system. The students hope to use a chromoprotein as an indicator, and subsequently characterize it for use in cell-free systems.


“The team is working on an exciting project. We are happy to support the group with our filter-based multimode microplate reader FLUOstar Omega and help the students with our knowledge”, says Oliver Carney, Application Specialist of BMG LABTECH, who guides the team.


The iGEM competition is an annual, worldwide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students. At the Giant Jamboree, iGEM teams compete for various awards. These awards range from Medals to Track Awards to SpecialPrizes for the finalists. The three finalists will be selected based on their overall excellence of their entire project, from choice of project, presentation, to the success and impact of the project, to consideration of issues of Human Practices.

Link to the projects website



The iGEM team at University of Exeter, UK.

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