‘Reporter Fish’: Pakistani students bag silver at iGEM 2017 in US

08:05 PM | 14 Nov, 2017
‘Reporter Fish’: Pakistani students bag silver at iGEM 2017 in US
PESHAWAR - A team of 12 Pakistani students has bagged silver medal in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition in Boston, United States.

According to the official press release released on Tuesday morning, the iGEM Peshawar team developed a fish called ‘Reporter Fish’ by building DNA circuits. ‘Reporter Fish’ is able to detect metal-contaminated water by changing the colour of its body to alarm those who are part of the fishing business.

For fish farmers, the team also designed and developed a digital interface for the sensor system of the project. A digital sensor system will alarm farmers through a mobile text message if any contaminated water has been detected.

The team is comprised of young scientists from computer science, biotechnology and engineering disciplines from various areas, including Lahore, Attock, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Khyber Agency, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar, Swabi and Mardan.

iGEM Peshawar 2017 was also nominated for the Best Biosafety Award at the competition.

The iGEM Peshawar, which was funded by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government last year, is supervised by Dr Faisal Khan, the head of Peshawar’s Institute of Integrative Biosciences (IBB) of CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences.

KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak also congratulated the team on their win:

Last year, Pakistan won the bronze medal.

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition was a brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) but was later spun out of the varsity as an independent non-profit organisation located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

It is a worldwide synthetic biology competition that was initially aimed at undergraduate university students, but has since expanded to include divisions for high school students, entrepreneurs, and community laboratories, as well as ‘overgraduates’.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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