What is iGEM ?

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The International Genetically Engineered Machine iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration.
iGEM runs three main programs: the iGEM Competition - an international competition for students interested in the field of synthetic biology; the Labs Program - a program for academic labs to use the same resources as the competition teams; and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts - a growing collection of genetic parts used for building biological devices and systems.


iGEM Team

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We are the iGEM Team 2016 of the RWTH University. iGEM stands for „international Genetically Engineered Machine” and is a worldwide competition for student groups in the framework of synthetic biology with planning and operating projects on their own.

Our team consists of 16 students of the courses Biotechnology, Biology, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. This includes bachelor and master students from RWTH Aachen. Like the other iGEM Teams, the iGEM Team 2016 is also a very international team and is composed of students from Germany, India and China.

During the next six months our team will deal with different strategies to inhibit proteases, while putting the focus on the widly used protease subtilisin. We especially want to achieve this with the strategy of photocaging and the integration of unnatural amino acids in different sides of the protein subtilisin for example in the linker sequence, the binding site and the active site.

During this project we get support from the Schwaneberg Group like the other iGEM Teams Aachen the two years before.


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