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MN#11 • 2019

Hello, iGEM Community!

iGEM Ambassadors here. We have been developing new content, and we are looking to share our latest developments with you and get help from the community to grow our new projects. Here are some of the new projects you can engage with:  We would love to hear about your online experience at and any ideas you have to make it better. We welcome your feedback!

This Month's Features:
  • Ambassador Updates
  • iGEM World News
  • Opportunities for you, including at iGEM in Boston!
  • Information on Alumni Events
  • Synbio in the News
  • Unique Funding Opportunities
Now, let's dive into the latest happenings in the iGEM and After iGEM world.


Explore the new issue of the iGEM Digest. In this issue discover how former iGEMers have integrated their iGEM experience into other avenues of science and technology. Each one of these stories demonstrates the immense amount of strength and creativity that is generated by communities and collaboration. Download/view it here:
iGEM Digest
We are now accepting stories for future issues. If you would like to share an experience in the lab, a lesson learned, an exciting revelation, or  anything else that might be of interest to your fellow iGEMers, email in your story. If selected it will be featured in the next issue of the iGEM Digest.
Submit Your Story

We are excited to announce that the iGEM Blog is officially back and better than ever! Through the iGEM Blog, we'll be sharing stories from all around the iGEM community.

Have you ever wondered how iGEM impacts international policy? Walkthrough this political impact on the iGEM blog with iGEM's Vice President of Safety and Security Piers Millett.
iGEM is recruiting judges for the 2019 Giant Jamboree! We need judges — both experienced and new — who really understand iGEM and want to give back to the iGEM Community. We are aiming to recruit a judging panel that reflects our teams’ experience, so if you have previous iGEM experience we want you to apply. Click the link below if you want to apply, or forward this email to a friend who you think would be a good judge!
Judge Application


These days, people still seem to have a negative image of genetic engineering. What are the thrilling opportunities and potentially disastrous consequences of such a future? Charlotte Koster has always been fascinated by how we can completely change the purpose of a cell. In this talk, Charlotte Koster talks about how she turned her fascination into a career. Find more stories like this by following the #TEDxDelft or #Synbio
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Start your year off right by attending conferences. Come meet new people, develop ideas, and gather inspiration!
Gain insights into the ambassador experience and the diverse activities they are participating in around the world. Explore the happenings of the worldwide synbio community through the iGEM Ambassador Diaries
Are you looking for lessons that bring engineering into your biology classrooms, labs, or science clubs? Join in BioBuilder’s three-day professional development workshops, find a seminar near you.
Want to share a meetup? Are you looking for a local meetup? Please click here to discover and share!


Have you ever wondered what iGEM alumni were up to or missed a meetup?
Credit: Picture property of Nature Machine Intelligence

Proteins are nature’s most versatile molecular machines. To decipher the inner workings of these machines, Team Heidelberg used deep neural networks to dissect large protein datasets to reveal the complexity of protein sequence-function relationships. Read the paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence
In May, the synthetic biology community converged with synbio enthusiasts and industry supporters at the Synthetic Biology for Bioindustrial and Biomedical Applications Conference. These individuals participated in scientific talks and discussions on the applications and solutions that synthetic biology provides for solving various world problems. Click here to read the event report!
In New York, biologists gathered at the SEED 2019 conference to discuss advances in science, technology, applications, and related investments in the field of synthetic biology. Then after the conference iGEMers and attendees gathered, click here to see how it went.

iGEMer of the Month

In June, The Feles Bio team successfully launched a Kickstarter to fund their explorer kit. This kit will include all the reagents you need to get started with learning and understanding synthetic biology. Find out more information about the group and their campaign.
Learn More
Submit your story or nominate a friend for a chance to be featured in the iGEMer of the Month section.

Join the Conversation

Explore the latest synthetic biology articles

Protein Weavers

Credit: Photo owned by Spiber.

Spiber is looking to build the world’s largest structural protein fermentation facility. At this factory they are producing synthetic spider silk that, can be added to a wide range of existing polymers to enhance and strengthen them. Spiber technology is being tested in everything from consumer goods to robotics, with such partners as North Face Japan to produce a parka and automotive giant Lexus to create a kinetic seat. Read full story here

World first research hub to create Living Buildings

Credit: Photo owned by Northumbria University Newcastle

Experts from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities will develop a new generation of "Living Buildings." The institutions have been jointly awarded £8m from Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England fund to establish the world’s first research Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE). The buildings will be responsive to the natural environment, grown using living engineered materials, which process their own waste, reduce pollution, generate energy, and support a biological environment that benefits health. Learn more about the progress of the building.
To engage in a discussion on news articles or other synthetic biology topics, please visit our Forum.


A global directory of creative companies and job opportunities
Credit: Photo property of Zbiotics

ZBiotics™ is the world’s first genetically engineered probiotic to break down a toxic byproduct of alcohol called acetaldehyde. Explore more synbio companies by following #synbio on instagram, or if you have a company that you want us to write about tag them with the #afterigem.
Biobuilder is running a number of workshops in their Learning Lab at LabCentral during the month of July and they are looking for volunteers to help out in the labs. If you are interested in helping out, please email your CV and cover letter. 
BioBuilder Educational Foundation is seeking a creative individual to spearhead the planning and development of a searchable digital resource that showcases past ideas, results, artifacts and publications from BioBuilderClub teams. If you would like to apply please email your CV and a cover letter.
Waving from around the world,
iGEM Ambassador Team
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