iGEM Paris Bettencourt 2013 world champion of iGEM competition at MIT Boston
We are happy to share with you that in its 7th consecutive participation, our student team was selected yesterday to be the champions of the synthetic biology iGEM competition at MIT (out of 204 teams from the leading universities worldwide), a first for a French team.
The innovative work presented by the young, energetic and interdisciplinary team described the development of four new biotechnologies for the struggle against tuberculosis (http://2013.igem.org/Team:Paris_Bettencourt)
Currently, nearly one third of the global population is infected with tuberculosis and 1.3 million die of the disease each year.
The team received as well the prize for the best project in Heath & Medicine.
Two aspects of the project were key to the success:
* innovative strategies to fight tuberculosis, from detection to finding potential new drug leads through a new synthetic screening system. You could read more here: http://2013.igem.org/Team:Paris_Bettencourt/Project/Overview
* An in-depth quantitative study of gender bias in the nascent field of synthetic biology as a state-case for improving gender balance in science. The crux of the results suggest that balanced teams do better research (ie, balanced team are more likely to win prizes in the competition across years). You could read more here: http://2013.igem.org/Team:Paris_Bettencourt/Human_Practice/Gender_Study
Paris Bettencourt 2013 presentation in Boston (thanks to iGEM Lyon!)
Paris Bettencourt 2013 Grand Prize – Awards ceremony (thanks to iGEM BGU Israël!)
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNING TEAM :
& to their advisors: Zoran Marinkovic and Mathias Toulouze
& instructors : Ariel Lindner and Edwin Wintermute.