The Mos(kit)o project of the 2016 Pasteur Paris iGEM Team is a global tool to address the issue of arthropod borne diseases. iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machines was initiated in 2004 by the MIT, Boston USA, is a synthetic biology competition involving more than 300 teams Worlwide). The Mos(kit)o device includes a Mosquito trap, an analysis station with a detection patch compsed of a functionalized, biosilica-cellulose layer. It uses specific antibodies in a colorimetric assay to detect the presence of arthropod-borne diseases. The proof of concept has been performed on the CHICKV and YFV biomarkers.
The Team composed of 19 students are from diverse education background ranging from Science (Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris Diderot, ETSL), Law (Paris Sud Jean Monnet) and industrial design (ENSCI-Les Ateliers) have juxtaposed their training in order to create a really multidisciplinary project. The intellectual property and Human practices aspect to inform high schoolers and the general public about synthetic biology, and mosquito vectors have been a plus to open synthetic biology to the public.
The iGEM Pasteur Paris Team obtained a Gold medal, the Best Diagnostic, Best Applied Design, Best Entrepreneuriat, and was nominated for Best project, and best presentation at the 2016 iGEM competition in Boston !