Group Project with: Fernanda Costa / Mathilde Guillerot / Yuchen Shen / Alexia Mathieu / Ana Quaresma

Watch the video on youtube:
Mr bacterium- Vidéo

You Are Not Alone is a collaboration between Synthetic Biology and Design. We were particularly interested in bacteriology and studying its advantages, rather than regarding bacteria only as a pathological problem.

Nowadays, we are continuously bombarded with health information, advising us to wash our hands and wipe our work-tops. Killing all germs is synonym of cleanliness. However, the symbiotic relationship between humans and micro-organisms that populate our body is vital to our health.

Scientists have been fascinated with the advantages of bacteria, and have used it: to produce bio-fuels, for the bio-remediation technology in oil spills and neutralization of radioactive hazards, the production of plastics, and pest-control solvents. The need to understand bacteria has led to the launch of the Microbiome Project, which is regarded by scientists a breakthrough as important as the Genome project.

“Within the body of a healthy adult, microbial cells are estimated to outnumber human cells by a factor of ten to one. These communities, however, remain largely unstudied, leaving almost entirely unknown their influence upon human development, physiology, immunity, and nutrition. To take advantage of recent technological advances and to develop new ones, the NIH Roadmap has initiated the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) with the mission of generating resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of its role in human health and disease.”

And Bacteria are also essential in the most recent Synthetic Biology ventures:

“In 20th May 2010 scientists led by Craig Venter of the J Craig Venter Institute, in the US, have created a type of bacteria with a man-made genome that is capable of self replicating: they designed the genome in a computer, synthesized it in the laboratory using chemicals and host organisms, then transplanted it into a recipient cell which then went on to self-replicate under the control of only the synthetic genome.”

During this project, our Biology tutor, Dr. Hans Westerhoff explained to us that synthetic biology is “something living to create something else “ and “a biology that makes new forms of Life”. He challenged us by asking how we could implement this in a real-life scenario. Therefore, having been fascinated by bio-cultures we decided to create an innovative pro-biotic product; bacterial spray that would kill the existing bacteria and would secrete pleasant perfumed odours. So, we created The Odorant.

This idea would abolish many of the harmful deodorants in the market and use biosynthesis to our advantage in our hygienic routines. The production of bacteria has very low costs, and is resistant to different levels of Ph and temperatures; also they are able to produce more enzyme molecules in comparison to any other living organism. With the Odorant, we challenge viewer to think about the importance of symbiotic relationship; And with its many healthy benefits, the various bacterial advantages make the creation of The Odorant a feasible dream.

© Copyright Mathilde Guillerot 2012

Group Project with: Fernanda Costa / Mathilde Guillerot / Yuchen Shen / Alexia Mathieu / Ana Quaresma

Watch the video on youtube:
Mr bacterium- Vidéo

You Are Not Alone is a collaboration between Synthetic Biology and Design. We were particularly interested in bacteriology and studying its advantages, rather than regarding bacteria only as a pathological problem.

Nowadays, we are continuously bombarded with health information, advising us to wash our hands and wipe our work-tops. Killing all germs is synonym of cleanliness. However, the symbiotic relationship between humans and micro-organisms that populate our body is vital to our health.

Scientists have been fascinated with the advantages of bacteria, and have used it: to produce bio-fuels, for the bio-remediation technology in oil spills and neutralization of radioactive hazards, the production of plastics, and pest-control solvents. The need to understand bacteria has led to the launch of the Microbiome Project, which is regarded by scientists a breakthrough as important as the Genome project.

“Within the body of a healthy adult, microbial cells are estimated to outnumber human cells by a factor of ten to one. These communities, however, remain largely unstudied, leaving almost entirely unknown their influence upon human development, physiology, immunity, and nutrition. To take advantage of recent technological advances and to develop new ones, the NIH Roadmap has initiated the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) with the mission of generating resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of its role in human health and disease.”

And Bacteria are also essential in the most recent Synthetic Biology ventures:

“In 20th May 2010 scientists led by Craig Venter of the J Craig Venter Institute, in the US, have created a type of bacteria with a man-made genome that is capable of self replicating: they designed the genome in a computer, synthesized it in the laboratory using chemicals and host organisms, then transplanted it into a recipient cell which then went on to self-replicate under the control of only the synthetic genome.”

During this project, our Biology tutor, Dr. Hans Westerhoff explained to us that synthetic biology is “something living to create something else “ and “a biology that makes new forms of Life”. He challenged us by asking how we could implement this in a real-life scenario. Therefore, having been fascinated by bio-cultures we decided to create an innovative pro-biotic product; bacterial spray that would kill the existing bacteria and would secrete pleasant perfumed odours. So, we created The Odorant.

This idea would abolish many of the harmful deodorants in the market and use biosynthesis to our advantage in our hygienic routines. The production of bacteria has very low costs, and is resistant to different levels of Ph and temperatures; also they are able to produce more enzyme molecules in comparison to any other living organism. With the Odorant, we challenge viewer to think about the importance of symbiotic relationship; And with its many healthy benefits, the various bacterial advantages make the creation of The Odorant a feasible dream.

© Copyright Mathilde Guillerot 2012