The annual iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machines) competition is the largest in the field of synthetic biology. It is operated by the iGEM Foundation that was established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The participants are interdisciplinary student teams from all over the world.
Genetically Engineered Machines
Teams are given a kit of biological standard parts called BioBricks, which were developed and used in previous competitions. Working at their own universities, they use these parts and new ones of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. So, every team will advance the field of synthetic biology with their original projects.
In October 2016, over 300 multi-disciplinary teams will meet for the Giant Jamboree in Boston to present the results of their projects to an international audience and compete for prestigious prizes and medals.