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...
The last two weeks were very exciting for the diagnost-x team! On our mission of tackling the tapeworm, 3 major new events can be reported.
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!
In times when the term "fake news" seems to be part of the everyday vocabulary, taking a stand for facts and science is something each scientist or science enthusiast should do. To underline the need to encourage research, we could name the often cited examples of vaccines or climate change in this context, but let's begin even a bit closer to what we work for: ignorance and a lack of research are two of the main reasons neglected diseases are still abundantly spreading throughout many countries.
Despite the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need for further research in areas largely uncharted, funding for science is not sufficient and in many cases, scientist's suggestions go unheard in the noisy political discussions. To point out these problems and get together to celebrate science, people all over the world have connected and organized the March for Science on the 22nd of April, 2017 - in Berlin it was organized, amongst others by Vladislav Nachev and Julien Colomb.
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!
Einer von sechs Menschen weltweit leidet an einer Krankheit, die in Deutschland kaum jemand kennt. Dieser Satz fasst das Problem der vernachlässigten Tropenkrankheiten (NTDs) gut zusammen, denn natürlich kann niemand ein Problem lösen, von dem er nichts weiß!
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?