What is iGEM

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The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) is the premiere Synthetic Biology competition and the largest Synthetic Biology conference in the world. Working at their own schools over the summer, participants use standard biological parts to design, build, and operate biological systems in living cells. During the first weekend of November, they share their work at the iGEM Competition Jamboree at MIT and in competition for a variety of awards for excellence. They add their new parts to the Registry of Standard Biological Parts for the students in the next year's competition.

A Note to Students

iGEM will challenge you. You will become part of an emerging scientific community that is defining a new cross-disciplinary field called Synthetic Biology. Synthetic Biology is fundamentally about the union of Biology and Engineering. iGEM will introduce you to the fundamental ideas of Synthetic Biology and will give you the opportunity to perform cutting edge research in a field that is continually evolving.

Building an iGEM team is not trivial. You will need research space, funding, equipment, and most of all, expertise and leadership. This will require the involved participation of faculty members - someone with the connections to provide for all these needs. If you are serious about building a team for the 2007 iGEM competition, start talking to other students and potential team leaders at your school, show this page to them, and send us your information using the form below so we can keep you up to date.

A Note to Educators

As the premiere undergraduate teaching program in Synthetic Biology, iGEM attracts the current and future leaders in the field. The competition format is highly motivating and fosters hands-on, interdisciplinary education. Biology students learn engineering approaches and tools to organize, model, and assemble complex systems, while engineering students are able to immerse themselves in applied molecular biology.