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August MN#12 • 2019
Hello, iGEM Community!

Hana here, your iGEM Ambassador from Africa. Welcome to the newest edition of the iGEM Newsletter, here are the latest updates surrounding the world of iGEM and After iGEM.

I invite you and your fellow alumni to join After iGEM. Re-connect with our community, take what you learned in the competition and help us expand and improve so we can continue to build a better world!

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 explore!


For the first time in iGEM history two teams are participating from the same African country. The two Egyptian teams, AFCM-Egypt & CU, have been hard at work this season.

AFCM-Egypt have begun their public engagement and education program by visiting various underprivileged locations and spreading awareness regarding cancer-causing agents and SynBio education. They are also changing their immediate surroundings by declaring AFCM a tobacco-free zone and introducing SynBio in their curriculum.

CU team has worked with experts across Egypt, travelling around the county to meet Professors from their field. Their campaign also included reaching out to government officials, and even had an immediate impact on the society by volunteering to help bring water to villages.
To learn more about the journey of synthetic biology through Africa check out the second Chapter of the Ambassador Diaries

We are looking for volunteers to help us make the 2019 Giant Jamboree a great event! Help us ensure that every attendee has an amazing experience. The first round of applications is open through August 30,and notifications will be sent by September 9. This opportunity is open to AlumniGEM and other non-team members only. This opportunity is not available to current team members or their affiliates. For the application and more details, visit the Volunteers page. Please email Kitwa if you have any questions.


Inqaba Biotec West Africa brings you it's first bioinformatics workshop of the year. Through the workshop, scientists will gain knowledge on how to analyze and make sense of biological data. Registration for the workshop is still open, following the #genomics #africa on LinkedIn to stay up to date.
Do you remember what started your iGEM journey? Sit down, grab some popcorn, and discover one iGEMers journey via twitter.
Is it possible to jump-start the economy with science? In the new book Jump-Starting America, two MIT professors look at how investment in science could create a better economy. 
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Start your year off right by attending conferences. Come meet new people, develop ideas, and gather inspiration!

Are you a STEM enthusiast? Are you interested in learning more about the emerging field of synthetic biology in Egypt? Join us in the first ever Egyptian iGEM Bootcamp.

Registration is now open for the BioRoboost  Roundtable on Biosafety and DIY Biology organized by BioRoboost and Ghent University, Belgium.

Join us at the upcoming edition of the German Conference on Synthetic Biology in Aachen organized by GASB!
Want to share a meetup? Are you looking for a local meetup? Please click here to discover and share!


Japan explores new avenues in Stem-Cell Research

A Japanese scientist plans to insert human cells into rat embryos (pictured). Credit: Science Pictures ltd/SPL
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, who leads teams at the University of Tokyo and Stanford University in California, plans to slowly proceed in growing human cells in mouse and rat embryos. Nakauchi, will not attempt to bring any hybrid embryos to term. The Nakauchi research team is hopeful that they will be able to develop a strategy of targeted organ growth

Scientists Look to Synthetic Biology and 3D Printing for Life Support in Space

Microfluidic devices, like those shown here, could be 3D printed in space and used to construct DNA for insertion into bacteria, reprogramming them to make specific products. Photo: Nicole Fandel
As NASA gears up to send humans back to the moon or even to Mars, the challenge becomes keeping these galactic explorers stocked during their mission. In a piece published online in Trends in Biotechnology, researchers explore how DIY biology and maker communities may hold the key to generating these resources.

iGEMer of the Month

"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. 
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