IISER Pune Team Wins Gold at iGEM 2020 Synthetic Biology Competition

IISER Pune Team Wins Gold at iGEM 2020 Synthetic Biology Competition

PUNE: A team of 14 students from Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune who competed at the 2020 international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) contest, have won a gold medal at the International Giant Jamboree held virtually during November 13-22, 2020.
Close to 250 teams participated in the competition internationally, which consisted of poster presentations, workshops, keynote speeches and networking events.
The judges evaluated individual teams’ projects by going through team wikis (websites that teams develop about their project) and by interacting with the team members in judging sessions. The results were announced during the closing ceremony on the November 22, 2020.

The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an international competition organized to give high school and collegiate students a platform to use synthetic biology to tackle real life problems facing the world today. It recognizes and awards projects by students that make a meaningful contribution to the world using synthetic biology.

The IISER Pune team for iGEM 2020 competition worked on developing a multi-faceted approach towards eradicating Malaria. They aimed to develop a library of protein-based therapeutics to combat the disease and a simple, cheap and efficient diagnostic kit along with an awareness campaign aimed at informing the public about the methods of prevention and cure.

Source From : Times Of India

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