"It is necessary that all iGEMer raise this issue to our politicians to prevent our science from being over regulated and with this stop innovation and research mainly in underdeveloped or developing countries where you are regulating are more severe."
The iGEMer of this month is Ediner Fuentes from Panama! His career story involves not only taking part in iGEM Competition but also being an active member and activist of After iGEM! Ediner and his colleagues (also iGEM alumni) formed Youth Biotech a group of young scientists dedicated to working with lawmakers to pass conscientious bioregulation laws. Now he actively participates in high-level discussions on behalf of Panama and the scientific community on issues around synthetic biology, genomic editing, and within the Cartagena Protocol and genetically modified organisms.