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The burning of fossil fuels generates greenhouse gases that are damaging the atmosphere and impacting the global environment. Energy from sustainable sources such as wind and solar is difficult to store for times when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining.
In order to build a sustainable energy source for energy on demand we are creating a system using living organisms. E.coli will be engineered to synthesize lactate which will then be used to feed a Shewanella biofilm. Shewanella is a bacteria that can transfer electrons to a cathode and produce a current to light a bulb. The community will be involved through a DNA Code Game designed for middle and elementary school students to raise awareness of synthetic biology and iGEM.