Transforming Clean Water by engineering Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to provide a renewable solution that binds, reduces, and sequesters arsenic.
We are the Arizona State University iGEM team, the creators of chlamydomon[As], an algal system for the remediation of arsenic from drinking water.
Over 300,000 people in our state get their water from domestic wells, but they’re not regulated by any government agency. Also, most well owners aren’t properly trained and are often unfamiliar with water quality standards.
As a result, 19 percent of the drinking water wells in the Southwestern United States exceed the maximum tolerated level of arsenic and 2.1 million people throughout the U.S. may be drinking contaminated water.
By engineering the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, we provide a renewable solution that binds, reduces, and sequesters arsenic directly from the water.
With biosafety in mind, we are building a filtration system to Integrate with our algae that will allow us to clean the water safely and effectively.