Biology goes to Boston

The University of Waterloo the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team.

uWaterloo students compete with synthetic biology research

Anjali Arya and the rest of her teammates have been preparing for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) regionals since January. In fact Anjali, a 4B Science student, has been involved with iGEM and synthetic biology research during her full four years at uWaterloo.

On October 5 the Waterloo team finally had the opportunity to present their research on Controlled Modification and Intercellular Transmission of a DNA Message at iGem regionals at the University of Toronto. Out of 200 teams in 2013, uWaterloo’s will advance to the World Jamboree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“It is safe to say that our endless nights and early mornings have paid off as we head to the World Jamboree to represent the University of Waterloo,” Anjali told the uWaterloo Life blog.

iGEM encourages research done and presented by students in the field of synthetic biology. Annually, students are encouraged to design biological systems that can be studied to discern a deeper understanding of the living world by giving researchers a different perspective on the natural world.

Anjali believes that everyone stands to benefit from iGEM. She said, “I can proudly say, the community iGEM has made a significant impact in the synthetic biology field. In my opinion, it is not necessarily about what iGEM has done this year, it is about how far we have come and what kinds of impact have we made.”

The Waterloo iGEM team enjoyed learning and brainstorming new ideas in Boston, and you can learn more about the team on the Biology blog.

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