Monday, November 17, 2008 - 10:28
iGEM is all about synthetic biology, kids. It's the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Each team in the IGEM competition has to make something using a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Teams of students use these parts to design, build, and operate biological systems in living cells. IGEM began in 2003 with a course at MIT where students made cells blink. Now, this year had:
- 1200 participants,
- 84 teams,
- and 24 awards.