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The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) is the premiere Synthetic Biology student competition and the largest Synthetic Biology conference in the world. 

The purpose of iGEM is to determine if simple biological systems can be built from standard, interchangeable parts. The USU iGEM teams use standardized biobricks to design and build genetic machines. The broader goals of iGEM are to enable systematic engineering of biology, to promote the open and transparent development of tools for engineering biology, and to help facilitate on an informed society that can apply biological technology to enhance human health and the environment. The iGEM experience provides students and introduction to Synthetic Biological Engineering.

For more information specifically about the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation click here.

Utah State University's iGEM projects from previous years