Boston University iGEM Hardware and Wetlab teams along with several of their mentors traveled to Ginkgo Bioworks, a biological engineering company, on June 28th. The students and mentors toured its labs and observed experiments that are part of the company’s work to generate synthetic fragrances.
Students were particularly interested in the many innovations in the integrative field of molecular cloning automation and fermentation. Many of the biotechnology tools used, such as one to perform gel extractions, amazed the students and had them awestruck at the future possibilities of working in industry.
Both teams found the tour a beneficial experience to see how their work in an academic setting can change once adapted into a much larger, growing biotechnology and synthetic biology industry.
After touring Ginkgo Bioworks, the teams and mentors took a spontaneous trip to Pleasure Bay, a beach nearby. Overall, the day provided a great learning and bonding experience for everyone.