The annual IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition allows students to tackle societal problems through synthetic biology.
As part of that effort, TUD team SPYKE competed with an invention that detects GHB drug in drinks. GHB, originally a narcotic, has become increasingly common in recent years as an entertainment drug, either pure or mixed with soft drinks. V.O. is sponsoring SPYKE with advice and help with the patent application. All iGEM teams presented their results from Oct. 26 to 28.
SPYKE won a gold medal, and was nominated for best diagnostic track and best hardware, among others.
Read more about the competition at www.igemtudelft.nl.