Published On: Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016

A Technion student team wins the gold medal in the iGEM International Biology competition

This is the third consecutive year that a Technion team has won the gold medal in this competition; The team won the gold medal for developing an innovative chip for the identification of substances using biological means.

   Asif Gil presenting the project to students from other teams Photo Credit: Technion spokesperson's office

 

Flash Lab – an innovative chip for fast, accurate and simple detection of various substances which developed by team of students from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has won the gold medal in the iGEM international competition held at MIT.

The team received the Gold Medal in the Foundational Advance track, after validating the development and demonstrating the proof of the product’s scientific, practical and ethical feasibility.

This is the third consecutive year that a Technion team has won the gold medal in this competition.

iGEM is an international synthetic biology competition, which aims to develop products based on the creation of new biological systems and their operation in living cells. Contestants must submit a research proposal, carry out an independent study, raise the necessary funding and present their results in the finals.

The gold medal chip is based on chemotaxis – a natural biological process in which bacteria respond to the presence of a specific substance by swiftly moving toward it or away from it, creating clusters of visible bacteria.

Flash Lab is based on the collective movement of E. coli bacteria, located inside the chip, in response to their exposure to a particular substance. The Flash Lab platform is simple to use: All the user need to do is to put the chip in the matter that he wants to test and receives an immediate indication of the presence or absence of a particular substance such as: hormones, pollutants, heavy metals, etc. This chip could also serve as a forensics kit.

 

technion-israel-pakistan   mentoring the first Pakistani team in the history of the competition

 

The participating teams are also evaluated on their contribution to the advancement of science among the general public. In this context, Technion team members initiated various activities such as scientific lectures at pubs and bars and volunteered to participate in science activities for pre-school and kindergarten children in Kiryat Haim, Israel. These activities were initiated by Technion Nobel Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman.

 

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