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The MIT iGEM team opens the floor for questions after their presentation on Sunday.
iGEM, or the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, is a five-month-long research challenge, which culminated with a jamboree at MIT this past weekend.
For their work, the MIT team received the award for Best Manufacturing Project.
The MIT project had two parts: One part used ultraviolet light to induce bacteriophage production and polymerization, forming a 3D photo using the phage. The other part used pressure to induce mammalian stem cells to differentiate into bone cells.
Awards are given in eight tracks, and the winners of the tracks are considered finalists for the grand prize, the BioBrick Trophy. MIT won its track, but not the grand prize, which went to the team from Slovenia for their work on using DNA-binding regions of proteins to gather together many proteins that are involved in the same biosynthetic pathway.
The MIT team consisted of 13 undergraduates, 10 instructors, and 4 faculty advisors.
To learn more about their project, visit
November 12, 2010
Two more student petitions against the new dining plan have sprung up this past week, one at Next House and another at Baker.
November 12, 2010
It has taken four highly qualified engineers and a bunch of integral equations to figure it out, but we now know how cats drink. The answer is: very elegantly, and not at all the way you might suppose.
November 12, 2010
The UA Committee on Space Planning is working on revitalizing the former game room next to LaVerdes Market on the first floor of the Student Center.
November 12, 2010
The New York City police have arrested 20 people for trying to enter an abandoned subway station housing the formerly secret guerrilla exhibition of underground street art that was revealed to the public this month.

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