Israeli students create revolutionary taste-altering spray

November 29, 2016

A team of stand-out students from the UJIA-supported Darca Danciger High School, in Kiryat Shemona, managed to achieve first place in the prestigious international IGEM competition, held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.

The conference has been held for the past thirteen years, and last year the Darca Danzinger High School won Silver for developing a personal system for identifying gluten in food.

Following last year’s success, this year’s team was determined to bring home Gold.

As the only high school students from Israel to participate in the competition, alongside universities such as Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and the Haifa Technion, the Israeli biotechnology track students were thrilled to achieve the gold medal.

Their development will help parents of children that cannot swallow bitter pills, by manufacturing a spray that will temporarily change the genetics of the taste buds in the mouth to make the experience more pleasant for them.

Professor Dany Berkowitz, manager of the genetics-testing lab in Katzrin, Israel, guided the students through the process, and commented, “the uniqueness of this development is that until now with the existing tests, each test was only able to be performed on one specific taste. Here a panel has been built that allows the test to discover sensitivities to all tastes”.

The mayor of Kiryat Shemona, Nissim Malca, said, “I am proud of the students and their ambassadorship of Kiryat Shemona and the State of Israel”.