LETHBRIDGE - A team from the University of Lethbridge has captured first place at the 2013
North American iGEM Regional Jamboree in Toronto.
Their project includes developing a bioengineering part that compresses
genetic information which works like a zip drive. They also developed software
that quickly determines what DNA is compatible to compress together.
The U of L team of Dustin Smith, Graeme Glaister, Jenna Friedt, Suneet
Kharey, Harland Brandon and Zak Stinson will now move on to the international
competition, which will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
Boston from November 1-4.
iGEM is the premier competition for young scientists interested in the
emerging field of synthetic biology, which is quickly leading to new discoveries
that will diversify key economic sectors such as pharmaceutical, agriculture ,
medical diagnostics, clean energy and resource extraction.