The iGEM competition (International Genetically Engineered Machines) initiated by the MIT (Boston, USA) has run for the first time in 2015 at Institut Pasteur. It is a synthetic biology competition where Biobricks are engineered to design a pathway to deal with a major issue in science, environment, society or human health. The 2015 project at iGEM Pasteur was called Plasticure “From the degradation of plastic wastes to the production of an antibiotic from the products”. This competition has united students from Parisian universities (UPMC, Sciences-PO, Paris Assas, ESPCI, Paris Sud Orsay). The brainstorming, sponsor search, communation through conferences, like attending the Oceans conference at the Maison des Ocean, and the lab have been very exciting moments. The project will be presented in Boston at the Giant Jamboree in September. Students from L2-M1-M2 are invited to apply for the next round of selection starting this December. Hard work, enthusiasm and ideas are the only requirement !
The 2016 iGEM Pasteur Paris Team included students from Paris Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris Diderot, ESPCI (Ecole Supérieure de physique chimie Industrielle de la ville de Paris), ETSL (Ecole des Techniques Superieures de Laboratoire), ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Industrial Design), Paris Saclay Faculté Jean Monnet (Intellectual property Law). The project that was worked on dealt with the detection of pathogens borne by mosquitoes, namely ChikV (Chikungunya) and YFV (Yellow fever). The device Mos(kit)o included a trap to capture mosquitoes, an analysis station for the detection of pathogens present in them, and a mapping tool to draw a map of the infected areas. The project was awarded a gold Medal, the best Diagnostic, best Applied Design, and bes Entrepreneurship awards at iGEM in Boston. It was also nominated for best presentation and best project !
Nominated for Best Project and best presentation !