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[2010/11/25] National Yang-Ming University wins silver at iGEM2010 competition

National Yang-Ming University wins silver at iGEM2010 competition

[99/11/25]

National Yang-Ming University wins silver at iGEM2010 competition

A team of students from National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) won a silver medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) 2010 competition - a synthetic biology competition held in November annually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The team of thirteen students and faculty instructor Dr. Chuan-Hsiung Chang from NYMU went to Boston early November to present their project. NYMU, along with some other well known universities such as Tianjin, Tokyo, New York, and Washington University received a silver medal. Slovenia won the grand prize, with Peking University and BCCS-Bristol being the first and second runner-ups.

The team from NYMU consisted of mostly undergraduate students from various disciplines such as Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Life Science, Neuroscience, Medicine and Radiology. Their project "SpeedyBac" was designed to provide a faster assaying system for exploring the regulatory rules of biological systems for used in genetic circuit design. They aimed to quantitatively detect gene expression in both space and time, give specific insight into the flow of genetic information, and provide speedy ways to report and stop gene expression. To achieve their aims, they constructed three devices: "Speedy Reporter" for quick detection of mRNA and protein location and quantity, "Speedy Switch" for controlling the level of protein expression, and "Speedy Degrader" for changeable protein degradation time.

iGEM is a competition aimed at educating students about the relatively young field of synthetic biology. Teams from universities worldwide use genetic parts to design and engineer biological systems to operate in living cells. The teams start brainstorming an idea from early in the year, perform experiments all through the summer and then present the results of their hard work at the three-day jamboree at MIT. This annual competition continues to attract students from around the world. This year there was a total of 130 teams from around 30 countries including two other teams from Taiwan: National Chiao-Tung University and Tzu Chi University.

The NYMU-Taipei iGEM2010 team webpage can be found at: http://2010.igem.org/Team:NYMU-Taipei

NYMU's iGEM2010 team won a Silver at the iGEM competition in November.

NYMU's iGEM2010 team won a Silver at the iGEM competition in November.


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