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iGEM 2010

More than 120 teams have registered for the 2010 annual, global undergraduate competition in synthetic biology. Nine of them are from the UK.

They are spending the summer months working to create new and innovative devices using biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.

Follow their progress on their wikis...


The Aberdeen team is working on a Bio-traffic light system, a potential application of which could be a nifty new type of toothbrush...?!

Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences

The Bristol team is aiming to create a cheap, versatile soil fertility sensor for use by farmers


The Cambridge iGEM team is investigating bioluminescence and quiescence in bacteria.


The Edinburgh team is tackling the problem of bridge-building in a number of new and innovative ways...

Imperial College London

Imperial are keeping their project under wraps...


Newcastle’s project is looking at how Bacillus might be used to detect and repair microcracks in concrete.


Sheffield are working on a biosensor to detect cholera in drinking water.

St Andrew’s

The St Andrew’s team is working to develop a probiotic strain of E. coli that will neutralise cholera.

University College London

The UCL team is looking at auto-induction as a way of controlling the production of recombinant products in large bioreactors.

Further information

The UK teams met up earlier in the summer to discuss their projects and share ideas.

This year’s iGEM Jamboree will be held from Friday 5 November – Monday 8 November at MIT. For details, see the iGEM website.