Centre for Engineering Biology

Building superbugs in the Meadows

Centre members braved the erratic Edinburgh summer weather to build bugs with kids of all ages at the annual Meadows Festival.

Superbugs in the meadows

Over 100 children came along during the event to design and build bugs with super powers that could help to save the planet.

The activity, designed by Dr Gaynor Campbell, explains very simply how we can engineer in novel properties to cells to make them useful tools in the fight to address many global challenges.

Participating kids totally got with the programme and built some fantastic creations – and all in a friendly GM-free environment. It also provided an opportunity to explain the Centre’s research to parents and carers.