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2017 July 12

UCSC iGEM crowd-funding 2017

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Each year a group of UCSC bioengineering engages in a summer research project in synthetic biology as part of the iGEM synthetic biology competition.  Although they get some support from the University, they have to raise the money for going to the iGEM jamboree (the conference where every team presents its results) by crowd-funding.

The UCSC iGEM team has opened their crowd-funding site for this summer:
UC Santa Cruz | UCSC iGEM 2017: Bugs without Borders

UCSC iGEM 2017: Bugs without Borders

What is iGEM?

The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an international symposium dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology. For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Student teams design, build and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.

The epitome of undergraduate research, iGEM provides an unparalleled opportunity for talented students to administer their own projects, advocate for their research and procure resources for funding. In doing so, the competition promotes creativity, collaboration and curiosity as students develop the critical, analytical, and independent real-world problem solving skills that are difficult to cultivate within the classroom.

Our Project: Bugs Without Borders

UCSC’s 2017 iGEM team is focused on the shortage of supplements and essential vitamins in third world countries. Affectionately dubbed “Bugs without Borders”, this year’s project aims to engineer a Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) microorganism capable of producing a target supplement or essential vitamin in a safe and efficient manner.

Go to their crowd-funding site and watch their video to see what they are planning for this year.


  1. Best of luck guys with the crowd-funding. I am a member of Team Peshawar and if you need any help with your project you can ping me. Moreover, I have started this blog in which I have merged Science and Poetry, I’ll be pleased if you give it a read. Thank You

    Comment by hassnainqasim — 2017 July 13 @ 01:53 | Reply

    • I am not part of the iGEM team—I’m not even a mentor for them this year, except in a very remote way as undergraduate director for the bioengineering program. The faculty member guiding the team is Dr. David Bernick.

      You do not mention in your comment where your blog can be found, nor what language the poetry is in.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2017 July 13 @ 07:40 | Reply

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