Faculty Advisor

Farny, Natalie

Abstract

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin and morphine. Many biosensors used for the detection of narcotics today are expensive and limited. To detect fentanyl in aqueous samples, we designed a fentanyl-responsive genetic circuit in E. coli. The efficiency and sustainability of genetic circuit induction under low nutrient conditions was tested. The fentanyl biosensor allows traces of drugs to be detected within community water sources allowing monitoring of narcotics use.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-17

Major

Biology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology

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