URINE CRE­ATES BIO-BRICK

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - Cyril Ramaphosa

THE world’s first bio-brick grown from hu­man urine was pro­duced by civil en­gi­neer­ing mas­ter’s stu­dent, Suzanna Lam­bert, UCT an­nounced re­cently. The re­search is funded by the Water Re­search Com­mis­sion and aims at re­think­ing the way in which waste is treated and to cre­ate more sus­tain­able man­age­ment sys­tems, said Dr Dyl­lon Ran­dall, Lam­bert’s su­per­vi­sor.

“It’s tak­ing some­thing that we typ­i­cally con­sider waste, so urine for ex­am­ple, and view­ing it as a re­source that we can ex­tract things from,’’ said Ran­dall.

The bio-brick is cre­ated in a sim­i­lar way to the for­ma­tion of coral and shells.

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