1. Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

    Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

    Researchers who discovered how to utilize fluorescent E. coli bacteria to locate landmines have recently further mutated them so that they are now both more sensitive and emit a glow visible to the naked eye, eliminating the need to scan the ground using laser light beams.

    In 2017, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem molecularly engineered E. coli to emit a fluorescent light upon coming in contact with explosive vapors accumulated in the soil above landmines. This light was recorded using a laser-based scanning system so the mines could be located safely from afar.

    Now, in a study published ...

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    1. To effectively identify landmines and especially old landmines that are perhaps already emitting fewer toxic vapors but which can still explode, it was important to us to increase the sensitivity of the genetic sensing circuit.
    2. The difference between the soil containing explosives and the clean soil could be clearly seen.
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