What Is iGEM?
iGEM is the world’s largest competition in synthetic biology. The goal is to create a project related to synthetic biology that solves a problem. During the spring a project is chosen and planned, in the summer the project is performed and in the autumn the project is presented in Boston, USA.
About The organization
The LiU iGEM organization focuses on involving students in science by every year forming an iGEM team competing in synthetic biology.
The organization also reach out on social media and events to inform the community about synthetic biology.
CURRENTLY GOING ON:
Recruitment of the 2020 LiU iGEM team
We are now accepting applications to join the 2020 LiU iGEM team.
In the team you can work with several fields such as:
Hardware or Software
Collaborations (e.g. health care and companies)
Promoting research, modeling and human integration
LiU iGEM focuses on increasing the interest in research, mathematical modeling and human integration by building a team for the international competition iGEM (international genetically engineered machine).
The team plans a project revolving synthetic biology in the spring. During the summer the project gets and in autumn, the project is presented in Boston, USA. Over 360 teams participated last year.
What is Synthetic Biology?
iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) is focused on creating novel solutions to current problems with synthetic biology. Synthetic biology stems from the idea of redesigning biology for a new purpose.
Organisms, mainly bacteria and yeast, can be genetically modified to produce medicines or industrial products. They can also be modified for diagnostic purposes (biosensors) or to produce materials which are normally difficult to yield. Below two main building blocks of synthetic biology:
DNA needs to be designed in order for your organism to create something new. This can for example be a gene expressing therapeutic or a diagnostically useful protein.
After designing the genetic sequence it needs to be inserted into the organism leading to a genetically modified organism (GMO).
Proteins are the building blocks of life, in synthetic biology proteins can be engineered to acquire new properties or be made more effective.
When designing DNA, proteins from one or several organisms can be engineered to fit a desired purpose. These proteins are often not native to the expressing organism.
Due to the nature of synthetic biology iGEM follows strict safety guidelines when engineering DNA and proteins. All iGEM projects are required to fill out safety forms. Ethical aspects are always addressed and considered when performing projects.
The organization works with several projects related to iGEM and synthetic biology.
The Nordic igem conference
We are currently planning the Nordic iGEM Conference (NIC) where all Nordic teams meet up, listen to speakers and competes in the best Nordic project.
Building a 2020 team
The Giant Jamboree is now over which means that a new team for 2020 needs to be formed. The application to join is currently open and you can apply for the team above.
searching for members
One goal of the organization is to involve as many as possible. Therefore, joining the organization is free and everyone who’s interested are welcome to join. This is done by filling out the form above.
By having this website, social media and even a podcast called Attempting Science, we aim to inform the community about synthetic biology.
Follow us on Social Media
By following us on social media, you will be able to see what the organization and the team are doing. You will also be able to learn more about what we are all about.