Background

Napoli’s area and surroundings, like many other areas in Italy and all over the world, has been affected by many illegal toxic waste disposal issues over the past decades: these practices seem to have contributed to causing an abnormal incidence of certain kinds of cancers as well as of malformations both in animals and in human beings.

         

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This has obviously generated environmental as well as public health issues that we feel have been insufficiently tackled by the growing scarcity of -and trust in- public resources/actors.

         

Thus, we thought of using also upcycled and open-source low-cost tools and protocols in order to give people instruments to be aware as to whether they are being overly exposed to mutagens: at present, and least in our region, it would be the first time that such an independent and low-cost effort is attempted.

         

Open source low-cost detection platform of mutagens in food water soil and air

  • Implement a distributed monitoring network platform of spaces where people can come and test their own samples and get a fairly cheap and accurate “yes or no” answer on the presence of mutagens
  • Development of open source low-cost scientific tools and protocols
  • Combination of up-cycled tools with said open source low-cost hardware, software and protocols.
  • Planning to work also with local authorities and accredited laboratories (sort of whistle-blowing function) as a kind of a first level low-cost resource
  • Data gathered into the network in a minimized, encrypted and pseudonymized way on a public blockchain (in compliance with GDPR recommendations on handling scientific research data).