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Polybiome is a scientific project driven by students from the degree in Biomedical Engineering of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) that aims to reduce the chances of getting colon cancer by using microorganisms able to degrade harmful molecules coming from the diet, especially from meat. This initiative has the support of UPF and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
The mentioned microorganisms, which would have been previously modified by means of genetic engineering, would be consumed in capsule form and in a completely safe way, as all of them can be found in many cheeses and yogurts from the market. Likewise, these microorganisms carry out the degradation of harmful substances by processes intrinsic for them before the genetic modification.
Polybiome is born as a result of the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), which warned that long term meat consumption greatly increases the risk of cancer. This ambitious project will take part of the Giant Jamboree, a synthetic biology competition organized annually by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation in Boston, Massachussets. Named as iGEM Barcelona, the students' team will represent, for the first time, the Pompeu Fabra University in this international competition.