A Pakistani team of CECOS Univeristy Peshawar comprising of twelve Pakistani undergraduates comprising of five girls and seven boys from all over Pakistan including cities like Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Kalat, Swat, Waziristan, Mardan and Peshawar took part in iGEM World championship Jamboree in Boston, United States. It is a proud moment for Pakistan that this team not only took part in iGEM World Championship 2016 but also won, Pakistan’s first ever Bronze Medal in Boston, USA.
The project was sponsored by Directorate of Science and technology Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and was supported by CECOS University. iGEM which is known as Genetically Engineered Machines that first started at MIT 15 years ago.
In this competition, as many as 285 teams take part from all over the World. The first team from Pakistan gathered at Peshawar in this summer i.e 2016 in order to discuss the details of this price winning Project.
The project of the team was based on Biology which is a very prominent branch of science. The students of this team went through a crash course so that they could overcome their weakness. After all of it, they decided to choose the project on molecular biology which was actually focusing on pollution.
The team explained that they chose to focus on air pollution and set out to create a bacteria-based biosensor that could detect Carbon Monoxide and Nitrous Oxide and give out yellow and blue colors so a traffic warden could use it to test vehicle emissions on the spot and save valuable time and resources. Emissions of both gasses would then give a green color. They further mentioned that they have worked on a bio-based sensor that will detect poisonous gasses in the air.
Dr. Faisal Khan, principal Investigator iGEM Team Supervisor exclaimed that they have been waiting for this moment to introduce synthetic biology in Pakistan, he also said that we cannot play with Windows95 in an age of Android and iOS, we desperately need this upgrade in the field of science in Pakistan.