More than 4 billion people live in areas affected by T. solium, a tapeworm that infects humans and can lead to epilepsy and blindness.

Infections often can not be diagnosed due to the fact that no cheap test exists. Our goal is to develop such a test and to present it at iGEM 2017 in Boston, the world’s largest Biotech-Competition.


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In benign cases, the parasite grows in the human gut and reaches a length of 2 to 8 meters. In serious cases it can migrate to the brain or the eyes and cause epilepsy and blindness.

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We are using a combination of bioinformatics and synthetic biology to develop Wormspotter, a cheap test for Taenia solium infection. Key technologies here are cell-free protein-synthesis systems and RNA-based ‘toehold-switches’.

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iGEM is an annual competition on synthetic biology with over 250 interdisciplinary teams from all over the world. The final presentation takes place at MIT in Boston.

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With diagnost-x, motivated young people from Berlin work together to bring Wormspotter to life.

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