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iGEM Success - Gold for Edinburgh Teams

Congratulations to both Edinburgh teams who won gold medals at the 2018 Giant iGEM Jamboree – the annual showcase of student-driven synthetic biology projects.

Interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and overgraduate (or postgraduate) students spent their Summer designing and building and their hard work has paid off at this year's competition. 

The Undergraduate team was also nominated for best foundational advance project. A fantastic achievement that highlights the aim to introduce something that benefits synthetic biology as a discipline, underpinning a wide variety of other projects. Their project ‘MaxED OOT’ looked at providing improved characterization to facilitate the use of Maxicells - achromosomal E. coli cells - as a safe and minimalistic chassis for future use in Synthetic Biology. Read more at


The Overgraduate team looked at producing bio-based and biodegradable thermoplastics from industrial co-products. Read more about their project ‘Valeris.ed’ at

Thanks to all team instructors and advisors who volunteered their time, lab space and resources.

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