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University of Calgary iGem Team

Submitted by aedowd on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 10:41am

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate synthetic biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. This project design and competition format is an exceptionally motivating and effective teaching method.

The University of Calgary is proud to have participated in the iGEM competitions over the years and have brought home medals attesting to the success of our iGEM students. University of Calgary iGEM Team Facebook | Twitter

iGEM began in January of 2003 with a month-long course at MIT during their Independent Activities Period (IAP). The students designed biological systems to make cells blink.  This design course grew to a summer competition with five teams in 2004, 13 teams in 2005 - the first year that the competition grew internationally, 32 teams in 2006, 54 teams in 2007, 84 teams in 2008, 112 teams in 2009, 130 teams in 2010, 165 teams in 2011, and 2012. 

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