It's past mid-summer, and the preparations for the iGEM competition speed up! But with the competition getting closer, a lot of important decisions have to be taken...
We are striving to invent a better way of tapeworm diagnostics in countries plagued by T. solium, but even more, we also want to have an impact right on our doorstep: raising awareness for the topic of Neglected Tropical Diseases here in Germany. Recently, we have made good progress towards both of these objectives!
This week, we can report two major events - one of them took place in Riga: we had the chance to participate in the 1st 2017 working group meeting of Cystinet, the european network on taeniasis and cysticercosis. But also back home in Berlin we made great progress: we successfully established a protocol to detect trigger RNA with our sensor on a membrane!
This week began with a major achievement: we managed to produce powdered milk! This might sound as if it had no connection at all to developing a reliable assay for tapeworm infection, but it is in fact crucial to our success.
Humans have been prone to parasitic infections since the appearance of our species - among them infections with helminths, that is: intestinal worms. But how were these infections perceived by civilizations that could not explain them as we can today? How were patients treated? Let’s look back at one of the first civilizations from which written medical records remain: Ancient Egypt.
Our webpage is loaded with sketches of our scientific plans and updates on labwork - but without funding, nothing would work! Philip is a medical student at the Charité and, more importantly for diagnost-x, a vital part of the Corporate Fundraising team. Read here about his experience in the team!
Our headline is simple: we managed to reproduce the RNA switch described for Zika virus! But how do you get from zero to a functional laboratory workflow?
This week, it was finally decided: after watching the Science Slam Berlin at the beginning of February, we are actually going to compete at the April Edition of this Event!
A thrilling event for the diagnost-x team: finally, the first work steps in the laboratory are performed! But what exactly is happening in the lab right now?
After their successful meeting last week, the science team is now all set to start - and already facing the first challenge...