iGEM Toulouse 2016, rewarded for the 4th time at iGEM competition

Again this year, the iGEM Toulouse team was awarded a gold medal at the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition, an international synthetic biology competition set up by MIT. The team consisted of 8 undergraduate students of the 4th year INSA and Master 1 MABS, with complementary skills in biochemical engineering, microbiology, genetics, agrobiosciences, informatisation and systems biology. It was supervised by teacher-researchers and researchers from the University of Toulouse III, the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, the Biological Systems and Processes Engineering Laboratory, the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology as well as by three PhD students of the doctoral school BioSanté and Biotechnology of Toulouse.

The project called "Paleotilis" was aimed at combating the fungi that alter the frescoes of the cave of Lascaux. The strategy consisted of modifying a bacterium so that it produces antifungal agents in contact with fungi while limiting its spread to the environment by physical and biological containment systems. The description of Paleotilis, on which the team worked for eight months, can be consulted on the wiki http://2016.igem.org/Team:Toulouse_France.

With this project, the team obtained a gold medal that rewards the overall quality of the work, as well as a citation acknowledging the quality of the ethical and societal aspect of the project. This result places the Toulouse team in the best worl-wide 16 %,  at the same rank than that of Harvard's. It is noteworthy that the Toulouse teams are the only French teams with those of Paris-Bettencourt to have obtained systematically the gold medal during the last four editions.