Until now, GHB detection technologies have been slow, inconvenient, and expensive. In addition, due to the rapid breakdown of GHB molecules in the body, it is unlikely to identify this drug in the body after six hours from consumption. As a result, hospitals can’t confirm most cases of drugging, leading to a lack of data, and victims are left with no evidence, which prevents them from getting justice.
This year our team SPYKE will strive to contribute to a solution by developing a real-time and reliable detection method for GHB. Our approach is based on biological components as a biosensor inserted in an electrical circuit. Our human practice will contact and discuss with the relevant stakeholders, and implement their feedback into our design. We aim to decrease the number of drug-facilitated sexual assault incidents and gather data on a phenomenon that lacks it.
The wet lab consists of the setting where the actual experiments are going to be conducted in the lab. In order to create our biosensor, four modules will be followed in order to work out the different aspects of the sensor.