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Baltimore Underground Science Space

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The Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS) is a non-profit synthetic biology and biotechnology makerspace laboratory for science enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals to practice, share and learn about the biological sciences. BUGSS is closely aligned with do-it-yourself biology and the Maryland science community generally, and offers courses and lectures in addition to community lab space.[1][2] It was founded by Dr. Tom Burkett in 2012. It is located in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.[3]

BUGSS has regularly hosted teams for the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. In 2014, the team focused on 3D bioprinting.[3][4] In 2016, the team worked on isolating the genes in the bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis that allow it to consume the plastic PET, and introducing them into Escherichia coli.[5][6]

BUGSS has 20-25 members in 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "About". BUGSS: Baltimore Under Ground Science Space. Archived from the original on 2017-06-25. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  2. ^ Scheifele, Lisa Z. (December 2015). "Outreach: Cracking open the lab doors". ASBMB Today. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Bioprinting organisms at Baltimore Under Ground Science Space". Technical.ly Baltimore. May 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ "A Biotechnology Makerspace called BUGSS is Helping Make Baltimore a 3D Bioprinting Hub". 3DPrint. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  5. ^ Dance, Scott (2016-11-12). "Student scientists engineer bacteria to break down plastic, hope to help clean Baltimore harbor". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  6. ^ "These students are working on a new way to clean Baltimore's harbor". Technical.ly Baltimore. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  7. ^ Prevosto, Chelsea (2017). "BUGSS marks 5 years of community science in Highlandtown". technical.ly. Retrieved 15 May 2020.

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