We are the McMaster Genetically Engineered Machine group.
Affiliated with iGEM
The international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) organization is a highly accomplished synthetic biology competition aimed mostly towards undergraduates. It began in 2003 as a course at MIT and has since expanded to 280 teams registered worldwide for the 2015 competition. Teams are given a kit containing biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts . Using these, as well as parts of their own design, teams work over the summer to build biological systems and operate them in cells.
Biology has historically been an observational science. However, the field of synthetic biology challenges this notion. Synthetic biology deals with designing biological parts and systems that are not naturally existing in order to solve problems that require more than just analysis and observation, but the creation of new models. It involves altering DNA sequences to design organisms that can perform novel functions, such as produce biofuels or synthesize drug precursors. Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology.