Making A Biological Counter

Katherine Aull was our runner-up for the biobricks lifeform. She explained her entry like this:

This paper describes a novel counter design, based on a bit overflow detector to signal “carry” events, and a bidirectional toggle switch to update and maintain the count. It also describes work towards a prototype, ongoing in the author’s home laboratory.

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All our judges were extremely impressed with Aull's home laboratory, which is located in her closet. When she's not inventing lifeforms in her closet, Aull is a research associate at a synthetic biology startup. She has a B.S. in biological engineering from MIT, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here is her paper, featuring an excellent photo of her closet lab.

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I need to get me a lab in the closet as well. Or some other sort of lab really. And some basic knowledge of biology as well when I'm at it.