For example, a squid should help to heal burns

It may take a while before the first burns patient can be helped with it. “That will take quite a few years anyway,” says Maarten. “Our research must first succeed and then it must pass a large number of tests.”

Jo-Anne has good hope. “The best thing that can happen to us, as a team and as a person, is when a patient comes to us in about ten years, who is healed by what we are doing here.”

The students participate in the research in the international competition IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine). Student teams from all over the world use synthetic biology to solve a social problem. At the end of October they present their research in Boston in the United States, where they compete with 314 other teams.

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