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Ketonalizer

One of the runners-up for the biobricks lifeform category of our Mad Science Contest was Jonathan Cline, who described what he calls a "ketonalizer." This would be a bacteria-based system for analyzing the metabolic state of "ketosis" in a person's body — this is the state where the body starts burning fat and turning…

The Splinterphage

One of the runners-up for the "general synthetic lifeform" was Noar Livne, who charmed us by asserting at the end of his contest entry that he is not insane. Drew Endy, one of our judges, named Livne's lifeform "Splinterphage." Here is how Livne described it: This life-form has 3 stages and two sexes. Stage 1 The male…

The Blue Forest

Elliott Gresswell is the winner of our "general synthetic lifeform" category for the Mad Science contest. His entry, about a lifeform called the "Blue Forest," is a fictional lab notebook written by a scientist working on a team that invents a form of plant life that lives on a kind of aquatic nano-goo. As the plant…