The iGEM Blog is back, and better than ever! Through the iGEM Blog, we will share stories, announcements, and insights from our community, including iGEM Headquarters, committee members, and iGEMers.
The iGEM Digest dives deeper into the most exciting news, groundbreaking advances and life-changing initiatives from iGEMers all over the world. Featuring interviews, reports, articles, and analyses, the iGEM Digest is an After iGEM initiative to connect the advances of iGEMers from pole to pole. Visit the After iGEM website to download the most recent issues, or browse articles right here on the blog!
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration.
iGEM began in January 2003 as an independent study course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where students developed biological devices to make cells blink. This course became a summer competition with 5 teams in 2004 and continued to grow to 13 teams in 2005; it expanded to 340 teams in 2018, reaching 42 countries and over 5,000 participants.
iGEM runs three main programs: the iGEM Competition - an international competition for students interested in the field of synthetic biology; the Labs Program - a program for academic labs to use the same resources as the competition teams; and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts - a growing collection of genetic parts use for building biological devices and systems.