Cholera test kit designed in Grenoble in iGEM competition
Categorie(s) : Education, Life @ MINATEC, News
Published : 7 June 2017
This year Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school and Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA) will once again enter the iGEM synthetic biology competition held by Boston’s MIT. The Grenoble team, which includes four students from Phelma and six from UGA’s School of Pharmacy, will develop a portable, self-contained cholera test kit. A DNA sequence from the bacteria responsible for cholera will be integrated into a DNA sequence from a common E. coli bacteria to detect cholera in a stool sample and alert the user to a positive result via fluorescence.
The data gathered by the test kits will be sent to a server, facilitating epidemiological analyses by geographical area and, therefore, supporting more effective prevention. The Grenoble team will present a prototype and the results of their experiments at the finals in November.