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INTEGRA unterstützt die nächste Generation synthetischer Biologen

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INTEGRA Biosciences has generously donated three serological pipette controllers, PIPETBOY acu 2, to the 2023 iGEM competition team at the Technical University of Braunschweig (TU_BS) to support their groundbreaking research in the field of toxicity testing for lithium therapies. These pipette controllers improved the team’s pipetting precision and streamlined the numerous liquid handling tasks involved in this exciting project, helping them achieve their project goals.

The iGEM competition is an annual synthetic biology event open to groups of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from around the world, dedicated to promoting discoveries that contribute to solving some of the current environmental and human health challenges. Lithium-based therapies are highly effective mood stabilizers commonly used in the treatment of mental disorders such as bipolar disorder. However, lithium can be toxic at higher concentrations, making regular monitoring of lithium levels in the blood extremely important. Unfortunately, these tests must be conducted by healthcare professionals, requiring frequent and cumbersome hospital visits and blood tests.

The objective of the Li+onSwitch project by the TU_BS team was to explore the possibility of developing a novel self-testing method that could be performed at home. INTEGRA supplied the lab with three serological pipette controllers, PIPETBOY acu 2, in June 2023, as explained by Daniel, a member of the 2023 iGEM team: „A significant part of our work involved developing our own plasmid constructs and testing potential reporter systems, and we worked extensively with liquid cultures. We were very excited to receive the PIPETBOY controllers, and they quickly became indispensable daily tools in our lab, significantly speeding up our repetitive pipetting protocols. This significant time savings cumulatively led to higher productivity, allowing us to focus on other aspects of our research. The PIPETBOYs are also extremely precise instruments, contributing to improving the reproducibility and consistency of our numerous manual liquid handling tasks.“

The iGEM Grand Jamboree took place from November 2 to 5 in Paris, where the TU_BS team was awarded Best Diagnostics Project, Overgrad, along with a gold medal. They also ranked among the top ten postgraduate teams and were nominated for the best new composite part, Overgrad. These achievements are a testament to the hard work of the group in recent months.

Learn more about the Li+onSwitch project.

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