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[2012/10/24] NYMU Team Wins a Gold Medal and the Best New Natural BioBrick Part Award in 2012 iGEM Contest
NYMU Team Wins a Gold Medal and the Best New Natural BioBrick Part Award in 2012 iGEM Contest

[2012/10/24]

NYMU Team Wins a Gold Medal and the Best New Natural BioBrick Part Award in 2012 iGEM Contest

2012 synthetic biology iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition has attracted 193 teams from the world's top universities. Among the 57 teams joined the regional Asia competition held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in early October, the team from National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) won the gold medal again. With the deliberations and encouragements generously provided by the president Liang and vice president Hsu, and many other professors and schoolmates, the NYMU iGEM team presented their outstanding creativity and achievements to gain unanimous affirmation from the judges. The team not only won the Best New Natural BioBrick Part award, but also was elected to be one of the 17 winning teams advanced to the iGEM World Championship at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

NYMU iGEM team was initiated from 2007, and has since then been coached by Dr. Chuan-Hsiung Chang , an associate professor at the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology and also the Institute of Biomedical Informatics. The team members of this year include Shih-Hao Chen (the team leader), Hsun-I Chiu, Ting-Yi Lin, Yi-Lun Chen, Tien-Chan Hsieh, Shao-Lun Chen, En-Jei Shi, Yen-Chen Lo from the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Chun-Kang Lee from the Department of Medicine, and Chung-Yu Huang from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. They spent a whole year of hard team work to design, model and engineer gene circuits for achieving the goal of creating life on Venus through hands-on experiments.

This year, NYMU iGEM team's award-winning works focus on the creation of " Venusian " through synthetic biology. By using enzymes from microorganisms that can survive in extreme environments, the team established a new set of biobricks for creating sulfur metabolic pathways in cyanobacteria. This achievement not only has earned the accreditation from the iGEM judges but also been actually applied to the waste gas treatment of a local pulp mill.

The NYMU iGEM team is currently working hard to get ready for the 2012 World Championship, and will be competing against all the winning teams from the five regional jamborees at MIT in early November this year.

NYMU iGEM website:http://igem.ym.edu.tw/

NYMU Team wins a Gold Medal and the Best New Natural BioBrick Part award in 2012 iGEM Contest.

NYMU Team wins a Gold Medal and the Best New Natural BioBrick Part award in 2012 iGEM Contest.


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