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Big day for Benthic Labs

Big day for Benthic Labs

June 25, 2014

                Today was a very exciting day here at Benthic Labs with a couple of big news stories. Firstly, we featured in the business section of the Irish examiner with our team mate, Gavin, looking very fetching in the accompanying photograph (above). We are delighted to have gotten some […]

10 Amazing Facts About Hagfish!

10 Amazing Facts About Hagfish!

May 27, 2014

Here at Benthic Labs, we are Hagfish crazy! There aren’t many like us as Hagfish are widely considered to be the most disgusting animals on earth. Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Image Hagfish are eel-like, slime producing fish who live on the sea bed or benthic region (which inspired our name). While their outward […]

Meet the Team!

Meet the Team!

May 27, 2014

Benthic Labs is comprised of 11 interdisciplinary students from the College of Science Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) in University College Cork. We specialize in the areas of Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. To find out more about us, check out our biographies below! Team photo of Benthic Labs Back (L to R): Leanne O’Sullivan, […]

Benthic Labs is a synthetic biology company focusing on the synthesis of a new biopolymer using natural filaments.

Our project involves the production of a new polymer using filaments made naturally by the Hagfish. These filaments are 100x thinner than a human hair and stronger than nylon, steel and even Kevlar.

As the hagfish cannot be farmed economically, we propose synthesising the filament using bacteria to create a new biological material.

This material will be lightweight, strong and as it is natural, will be completely biodegradable.

What will our new biopolymer be used for? With demand for such a product in the military, medical and automobile sectors, the possibilities are endless!

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