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 http://2010.igem.org/Team:MIT