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Interested in learning more about iGEM 2009?
For more info on this year's iGEM please see 2008.igem.org.
Many more valuable links and helpful tidbits are available at the iGEM Resources page
What is Synthetic Biology?
"Over the past 50 years, several pivotal advances have transformed the life sciences, including the discovery of the structure of DNA, the deciphering of the genetic code, the development of recombinant DNA technology, and the mapping of the human genome. Synthetic biology is another transformative innovation that will make it possible to build living machines from off-the-shelf chemical ingredients, employing many of the same strategies that electrical engineers use to make computer chips. Drawing upon a set of powerful techniques for the automated synthesis of DNA molecules and their assembly into genes and microbial genomes, synthetic biology envisions the redesign of natural biological systems for greater efficiency, as well as the construction of functional “genetic circuits” and metabolic pathways for practical purposes.
Among the potential applications of this new field is the creation of bioengineered microorganisms (and possibly other life forms) that can produce pharmaceuticals, detect toxic chemicals, break down pollutants, repair defective genes, destroy cancer cells, and generate hydrogen for the post-petroleum economy. Although synthetic biology is chiefly an engineering discipline, the ability to design and construct simplified biological systems offers life scientists a useful way to test their understanding of the complex functional networks of genes and biomolecules that mediate life processes."
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Want to join the iGEM team?
The application for 2008-2009 is now available!!! Access it here: IGEM APPLICATION 2008-2009 The deadline will be December 1, 2009.
If you are a graduate student, please contact Ariane Tom or Nghi Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Want to help out the iGEM team?
Please send an email to email@example.com
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The Stanford iGEM team will consist of 6-12 undergraduate students, and will also include graduate student mentors and faculty advisors. Students will work full time throughout the summer of 2009 to engineer a synthetic biological system, and will present their project in the form of posters and a 20 minute presentation at the Jamboree.
Commitment to iGEM is year-round, as iGEM team members will be responsible for recruiting other student participants and faculty advisors, directing fundraising and promotion of the team, and researching the principles of Synthetic Biology to develop possible project ideas.