The Long and Winding Road to iGem

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Fledgling field though it may be, even synthetic biology has its underdog stories. Last year, upwards of 1,000 students from 100 schools flocked to the sixth annual iGem Jamboree to test their genetic engineering mettle. Using a standardized kit of biological parts, past competitors have created everything from yeast that fights malaria to E. coli that blinks.

In a New York Times Magazine feature, Jon Mooallem tracks the progress of the City College of San Francisco team in their quest for the coveted BioBrick Trophy. Read the article (and find out why the team’s faculty adviser calls synthetic biology “the coolest thing in the universe”) here.