Below you will find our favorite videos on synthetic biology, iGEM, and other interesting topics.
A quick how-to style film by the 2009 Southampton team. It covers what new teams can expect from iGEM, both the good and the bad.
It wouldn't be an emerging field without a few child prodigies on the scene. Gabriel See's work with the Washington University Team making a LEGO Liquid Handling Robot is mind-blowing, inspiring stuff. There's also a hilarious moment 55 seconds into this Youtube video, when a reporter talks about Gabriel being able to understand "nucleotide sequences ... whatever they are". You'll laugh and cry at the same time.
The Biobrick trophy-holding Cambridge 2009 Team developed a truly impressive project. But what caught Mac Cowell's attention was the interesting application one artistic designer came up with for the project...
Here's the 2008 iGEM competition being covered by PBS's News Hour. Quite good for a mainstream media report (feat. Randy Rettberg, Pamela Silver, and Mac Cowell).
This beautifully shot and edited video article centers on the legendary MIT professor (now at Stanford), Drew Endy.
Eric Ma delivers a magnificent introduction to the field. He has a knack for avoiding talking over a newcomer's head and still conveying the power of synthetic biology. His passion for iGEM is very infectious. Eric was a member of the 2008 team from the University of British Columbia.
This is the first part of a thought-provoking debate between Drew Endy and Jim Thomas on the ethics of synthetic biology. The whole talk is available at the Long Now Foundation's website.
Biobuilder is the product of the MIT Working Group's goal of inspiring youth to take up science (and especially SynBio). The website is tailored to appeal to a young audience, but don't be surprised if you find yourself watching the videos a second time: they require an engaged mind!