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    SupBiotech IONIS iGem Developing Antifreeze, Drought-Proof Biological Solution for 2017 Competition in Boston

IONIS iGem Developing Antifreeze, Drought-Proof Biological Solution for 2017 Competition in Boston

This year, IONIS iGem, a student group that includes students from several IONIS campuses, is developing a synthetic biology project as part of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition to be held in November in Boston.

The 21-member group, comprised of students form Sup’Biotech, Epita, and E-artsup, among others, is developing a concept that would create an optimized biological solution for direct application to small crops sensitive to temperature changes.

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Their idea is to create a thermo-sensitive bacterium resistant to extreme temparatures. It would be capable of responding to changes in temperature and producing substances capable of counteracting the effects of cold and heat. It could thus be used both as an anti-drought and antifreeze solution for plants.

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IONIS iGem held a bakesale to raise funds for their concept’s development

The group is comprised of four teams: one responsible for research and scientific development of the project, one ensuring visibility and financial viability, one working on project modelling, and another working on safety, human practice and design application. A security committee will also be implemented during the “proof of concept” phase.

“The importance of this project lies in its pluridisciplinarity and the opportunity for us to develop skills and experience essential to our future professional life within the framework of an engineer’s curriculum”, the group said in its team presentation.

“The completeness of the project requires a multidisciplinary approach, which is why we also recruit students from other different training schools, such as computer science or design. The ability to make complex and scientific concepts affordable and understandable is therefore paramount. In addition, our data and results are considered ‘open-source’: they are in the public domain, and can therefore be reused by other companies, laboratories, or future iGEM teams, for their projects or to advance research.”

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Sup’Biotech students have a history of winning or placing highly in national and international conceptual engineering contests. Last year, IONIS iGem took first prize in the same competition.

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About Sup’Biotech

Sup’Biotech is a school specialized in Biotechnology which provide an
innovative course taught over 5 years after the highschool Degree.
The school is close to both the world of scientific research as well as the
corporate world ans has signed partnerships with universities globally.
Graduates gain quick access to senior position both in France and
abroad in such fields as health and pharmaceuticals, food-processing
innovation, cosmetics, bioinformatics or the environment.
The studies, combining academic fundamentals, student projects and
internships are divided into two parts according to European standards:
the preparatory cycle (2 years) and the engineering cycle (3 years).
Sup’Biotech’s Biotechnology engineering program is accredited by
Medicen Paris Région and Industries and Agro-Resources (I.A.R.).
Sup’Biotech also offers an apprenticeship program starting at the
baccalaureate level, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology,
which is accessible after highschool Degree.


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