The name of our project, “METIS” (MiRNA Expression Toehold Investigation System), derives from the goddess Metis of Greek Mythology. Etymologically, her name derives from the Greek word "μέω" (meo), which means count, while at the same time it is considered synonymous with versatility and intellectual brilliance. Metis was the first wife of Zeus and the mother of the goddess Athena. She was considered to be the embodiment of prudence, wisdom, wise counsel, and cunning and she was helping people to be prudent by taking into account both emotion and reason, too. The action of the Goddess appears in the form of inspiration, in the form of an innovative idea that can make a difference. And that is the aim of our project this year. Our team really hopes to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from pancreatic cancer and their caregivers and families, too.
Since every project needs a logo, we designed our own based on this context. The word METIS, as mentioned before, derives from goddess Metis and functions as an acronym of our project’s full name. Therefore, it has to be a part of the logo, as displayed above. The logo’s design is completed with an abstract representation of a toehold switch serving as the letter i within the name itself. As for the chromatology, the carbon color of the letters is used often by the team to display text alongside white for dark surfaces. Green is a symbol of iGEM Thessaloniki’s team from its founding. Green color has always served a significant role in iGEM Thessaloniki’s logos, while with the progress of the years this green color became lighter; that’s why dark green comes first followed by a lighter one, according to the greek reading direction (left to right). The last color used is purple; symbol of pancreatic cancer and therefore symbol of the team’s current project.