This week we’re talking about one of the driving movements of DIY-bio: the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM). Started as a means of increasing the size and quality of the online “biobrick” registry, iGEM asks undergraduate, high school, and community teams to use new and existing genetic cassettes to build biological systems that function in living cells. Started in 2004 with 5 teams, the popularity of iGEM has risen in tandem with the growth of synthetic biology, seeing over 240 teams at the undergraduate level jamboree in 2014.
Come learn about this critical element of the modern DIY-bio movement. We will discuss how it’s affected the community, and the exciting projects iGEM teams have produced. Join us this Wednesday, December 17th from 7-9PM at Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E.