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...
Aberdeen team wiki
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
Bristol team wiki
The Bristol team is aiming to create a cheap, versatile soil fertility sensor for use by farmers
Cambridge team wiki
The Cambridge iGEM team is investigating bioluminescence and quiescence in bacteria.
Edinburgh team wiki
The Edinburgh team is tackling the problem of bridge-building in a number of new and innovative ways...
Imperial College London
Imperial team wiki
Imperial are keeping their project under wraps...
Newcastle team wiki
Newcastle’s project is looking at how Bacillus might be used to detect and repair microcracks in concrete.
Sheffield team wiki
Sheffield are working on a biosensor to detect cholera in drinking water.
St Andrew’s team wiki
The St Andrew’s team is working to develop a probiotic strain of E. coli that will neutralise cholera.
University College London
UCL team wiki
The UCL team is looking at auto-induction as a way of controlling the production of recombinant products in large bioreactors.
The UK teams met up earlier in the summer to discuss their projects and share ideas.
UK teams discussion – report in SynbioStandards Events section
This year’s iGEM Jamboree will be held from Friday 5 November – Monday 8 November at MIT. For details, see the iGEM website.
iGEM 2010 website
Registry of Standard Biological Parts