TU Delft iGem team wins gold medal!

News - 05 November 2014 - webredactie-bn

The TU Delft iGEM team finished competing in the World Championships in Boston, and our team won the awards for Best Microfluidics Project as well as a gold medal!

The TU Delft iGEM team finished competing in the World Championships in Boston, and our team won the awards for Best Microfluidics Project as well as a gold medal!

TU Delft competed in the 2014 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition in Boston with 245 other teams from around the world. The team was advised by Dr. Anne S. Meyer as well as several employees from the Departments of Bionanoscience and Biotechnology at TU Delft. The thirteen students on the team come from TU Delft, Leiden University, and Hogeschool Rotterdam and have diverse backgrounds ranging from Life Sciences and Technology and Nanobiology to Industrial Design and Applied Physics.

In their project "Electrace," the team engineered bacteria to detect explosive chemicals that leech from landmines. The bacteria can then generate an electrical signal that can be detected by end users in a simple and quantitative manner. This fundamental advance raises the possibility for the future development of biological-electrical intercommunication. The team members also custom designed a novel microfluidics device that can detect electrical current within microvolumes of analyte. This device can be produced for approximately three euros. This affordable technology raises the possibility for inhabitants of countries affected by landmines to make their own in-field measurements to detect the dangerous object