2008 – RNA Thermometer: 

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RNA Thermometer: The project comprised of several research goals. The first goal was to construct an RNA thermometer in vivo. Because it is probably not feasible to construct the whole system in the time available they focused on several subgoals that would help them create the RNA thermometer in future. These subgoals were: providing a sound theoretical basis for the functioning of an in vivo RNA thermometer, designing and testing temperature sensitive stretches of RNA and cloning protein coding sequences of enzymes involved in the color pathway. They focused on standardizing all parts made during the project according to iGEM regulations. The second goal was to predict behavior of this system using computer models. The third goal was to focus on ethical considerations of synthetic biology in general (on a macro scale) and the implications of using synthetic biology within the open source technology setting of iGEM (on a micro level).