SMB iGEM team win in two categories in Hong Kong
17 October 2013
SMB has entered a team from the Coleman Lab into the iGEM 2013 synthetic biology competition (see story of 10 September). iGEM is an international science competition, where students compete to construct useful genetically-engineered microbes. The iGEM team from the Coleman Lab are constructing novel pollutant metabolism pathways using genetic engineering methods in E. coli.
The theme of the SMB iGEM team is 'Strange Nature', which reflects the weird and wonderful capabilities of microorganisms (and the people who study them!). Their aims are to compare monooxygenase vs. hydrolase-mediated biodegradation pathways, to gain insights into the evolution of dichloroethane-degrading bacteria, and to generate recombinants that may be useful for bioremediation.
The team has recently returned from a triumphant visit to Hong Kong, where they won two prizes for "Best BioBrick Measurement Advance" and "Best Human Practices Advance". They have now been invited to the finals at MIT in Boston in November.
We wish the SMB team the best of luck for the finals!