Polish university students win US award

A microbiological filter developed by Polish students was awarded a bronze medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) competition organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

The idea of the event was to have students present innovative projects using tools that were at the disposal of modern synthetic biology.

This year, 340 research teams from around the world took part in the competition.

The students from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (UPWr), in southwestern Poland, made up the only Polish team. They found themselves among one of 57 teams to be awarded a bronze medal.

The group of ten students from Wrocław, presented a microbiological filter based on modified yeast that cleanses the air of heavy metals, spokeswoman for the university Jolanta Cianciara told PAP.

Cianciara also pointed out that the students have already created a prototype heavy metal sensor that can be used in homes.