As part of their Biology class and with the guidance of their teachers Ms. M. Zonga and Mr. V. Stamatakis, Pierce A and B Lyceum students had the opportunity to attend an online presentation – talk by the interdisciplinary team iGEM NOUS, on the subject “Biology today, thanks to viruses.” More specifically, iGEM NOUS introduced and presented the concepts of Synthetic Biology to our students. The main member of the team is a Pierce graduate (Class of 2018), Christos Mantis, who is in his 3rd year of studies in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Democritus University of Thrace in Alexandroupoli.
The NOUS team is taking part in the International Competition iGEM 2021 and is organizing activities aimed at familiarizing students with Synthetic Biology and related scientific research. The team’s vision is to provide innovative solutions to everyday problems and, at the same time, to be a source of inspiration for further research. In its first time participating in the competition, the team’s proposal deals with the treatment of osteoarthritis (see the related article in Kathimerini). The therapy will be based on the use of a genetic circuit, the activation of which will result, on the one hand, in the secretion of cartilage degeneration inhibitors and, on the other hand, in the return of the joint to its original state!