01 November 2009

iGEM 2009 ~ Genetically Engineered Machines!

The iGEM 2009 Jamboree has been taking place at MIT over the past few days thru now! This international Genetically Engineered Machine competition has student teams compete to design and assemble engineered machines using advanced genetic components and technologies. Randy Rettberg, the director of the iGEM competition provokes us, asking...
"Can simple biological systems be built from standard, interchangeable parts and operated in living cells? Or is biology just too complicated to be engineered in this way?"
I'm delighted to see this happen, especially since I recall my conversation back in the day with TK about the power of student competitions and independent activities as an inspirational and inventive force. Lots of goodness has blossomed since then!

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