(Web desk)- A team of undergraduate students representing Peshawar has won a silver medal in a genetic engineering competition organized recently by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts.
The team’s silver-medal-winning 2017 entry is a genetically engineered fish called "Reporter Fish" that can detect five different heavy metals and change color to indicate the presence of metal contamination in the water. It used an Arduino electronic circuit board with bacterial-human interface device that enables bacteria to detect and report contamination.
The Peshawar team also participated in iGEM 2016 competition and won a Bronze medal. The 12-member team last year was made of 5 female and 7 male students.
According to details, a team including two girls and 10 boys left for Boston last week to compete in the international competition related to synthetic biology. The team was hosted by Institute of Integrative Biosciences of CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences Peshawar and supported by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s Directorate of Science and Technology.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan took took to microblogging website Twitter to congratulae team in following words.
Congratulations to iGEM Peshawar for winning silver medal in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition in Boston pic.twitter.com/FAONXmwIog— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 14, 2017
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister also took to microblogging website Twitter to congratulate team on winning silver.
Congratulations #TeamPeshawar. Proud of @igem_peshawar who has won a SILVER MEDAL in the International Genetically Engineered Competition bringing pride for whole country. From bronze to silver, we are looking forward for the Gold next time. Good Job.— Pervez Khattak (@PervezKhattakCM) November 14, 2017