Section: Overall Objectives
Highlight: Second Participation to the IGEM Competition on Synthetic Biology
Organized by MIT since 2004, the iGEM competition gathers student teams from worldwide universities with the aim of inventing synthetic biological systems (see iGEM web site ). iGEM has rapidly demonstrated its capability to attract on an original problem the best students in biology, chemistry, computer science, or engineering to research and entrepreneurship. For the second time, a Parisian team took part in the competition, with members of the "Contraintes" group supporting the team as Instructors or Advisors. The interdisciplinary team was made of a high-school student and of 13 Licence and Master students coming from various universities and "Grandes Ecoles" in the Paris area. Their project consisted in developing a genetically-controlled molecular assembly line (see the team wiki ). To reach this goal, the team combined theoretical (mathematical and computational modelling) and experimental (wet lab) work This project was carried out at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Faculté de médecine, Université Paris Descartes) from May to September. For its work, the team has been awarded a bronze medal during the final Jamboree held in Boston.