2020-09-05, 15:30–15:45, Schneider-Hoover
The ongoing pandemic lead to a huge outburst of solidarity in academia and citizen science.
Hear about the journey of some of them :)
Rapid and exhaustive testing on SARS-CoV-2 is one of the key pillars of pandemic-control management.
The Biotech-Industry didn‘t miss their chance in pivoting this huge „market“ and sell their testing reagents to horrendous prices. Even in Nigeria one test still costs 60$.
We, the DIY-bio community & academical developmental aid organizations, are finally catching up: developing, validating and distributing open source test-protocols and the critical resources and knowledge to produce key elements (enzymes) by your own.
This approach to distribute DNA-rings (plasmids), necessary for producing enzymes in bacteria, can help cut cost tenfold or more, rendering low-resource regions more independent from the patent- & price-war on Biotech and heavily limiting supply chain dependencies.
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