Coming to the campus of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, October 13-14, is the eastern North America region’s international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. iGEM is the largest synthetic biology competition, and fans student interest in synthetic biology and engineering. Worldwide, 190 collegiate teams are participating, encompassing nearly 3,000 participants from over 30 countries.
At the jamboree in Pittsburgh, more than 40 teams and 275 undergraduate students from Canada and the U.S. will share the innovative and creative biological systems they developed over the summer using engineering principles, standard molecular biology techniques and some bacteria. Provided with no more than a distribution kit of standardized DNA parts, or BioBricks®, as they are known, teams have complete creative freedom.