iGEM TeamCan biological processes be engineered like electrical and software systems?

To answer this question, the iGEM competition was created to challenge undergraduate students around the world. These teams re-wire naturally occurring genetic components to create novel genetic regulatory networks which implement a desired function using principles from synthetic biology.

We begin each year by exploring new and exciting avenues of research, and imagining ways in which biological parts can be applied to real world problems. Past Waterloo iGEM team projects include COMPUcoli (bacterial half-adder), Staphiscope (Detection system for Staphylococcus Aureus), Chromobricks (Chromosome engineering with standard biological parts),and more. The project is then carried into the summer term where we implement our research in the lab. The team presents their results at the Regional iGEM Competition (location varies every year) with the possibility of advancing to the World Championships hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.