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17/2/2017

CEXS-UPF: Would you like to participate in an international synthetic biology competition?

CEXS-UPF: Would you like to participate in an international synthetic biology competition?


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Students of the degree in Biomedical Engineering competed last October in iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine), an international competition of synthetic biology that is annually held in Boston (United States). Throughout a whole academic year, the students worked as a team to develop a preventive treatment against colorectal cancer using genetically modified microorganisms. This project was the winner of a bronze medal at the giant jamboree, attended by 5,600 university students from 42 different countries.

Next Monday, February 20, iGEM contestants will explain their experience and encourage other students to participate in the competition. The multidisciplinary teams ensure diversity of ideas, so students of any degree are encouraged to join in the initiative.

The iGEM UPF team counts with the support of the departments of Experimental and Health Sciences and of Information and Communication Technologies of UPF and the CRG. The iGEM competition is a worldwide synthetic biology competition aimed at undergraduate university students. In this team-based research approach, students design and build innovative and sophisticated genetically engineered biological systems given a BioBrick® kit from the iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Participants must incorporate this kit along with new parts they design into their genetic systems. 

  • What? IGEM Introduction Talk
  • When? February 20 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Where? In the Charles Darwin Hall of the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (Dr. Aiguader, 88)
  • Free entry

More information:
CEXS-UPF website