The “bimonthly #1 newsletter” is the first of a series of articles summarizing the progress of our project, Cinergy, which focuses on the recovery of cigarette butts to produce electricity by means of bacteria.
This project was developed as part of our participation in the international iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. This renown competition has for objective the promotion of synthetic biology in the world. Each year, the final phase takes place at the MIT in Boston, where all teams meet to defend their project.
Our Team iGEM IONIS is composed of students from different schools, all part of the IONIS Education Group. The schools involved are Sup’Biotech, Epita, ESME Sudria and IPSA. This allows us to have a multidisciplinary team of future biologists, data scientists and engineers.
For now, we have begun our first laboratory experiments, more precisely the toxicity of cigarette butts for our bacteria.
Furthermore, it is crucial for us to demonstrate the interaction our project may have with our society. It is with this mission in mind that we wish to raise awareness among the general public and in the future generations on these major scientific and environmental issues. This aspect of the project is called Human Practices.
An important part of our work as part of the iGEM competition is to collect the necessary resources, whether they may be material or financial. This is why we have already begun creating partnerships and collaborations, which you may view below.
In order to promote our project and collect further financial support, we regularly organize events on different campuses and outdoors. For instance, an iGEM week will take place on the SupBiotech grounds between the 13th and 17th of May.