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The Bioware team from Freiburg, an important part of the bioss cluster of excellence, has once again achieved resounding success: one gold medal and two special prizes at
 

Summary: 17.11.2009
The Bioware team from Freiburg, an important part of the bioss cluster of excellence,
has once again achieved resounding success: one gold medal and two special prizes at
the iGEM competition (international Genetically Engineered Machine), the largest
event for up-and-coming scientists focusing on synthetic biology. It was the turn of
the research group heads, junior professor Dr. Kristian Müller and Dr. Katja Arndt, to
participate in the competition with two teams, making it into the final round and
showing that their Bioware and Software teams are among the six best biotech hubs
in the world.
The Freiburg team at the prize award ceremony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). (© private)
The Freiburg groups received the "Best Poster" award, and were also particularly proud of the
special "Best BioBrick engineered" award that they won for the best genetic component, the
iGEM's scientific core piece. Last year, the Freiburg group took second place in the finals and
received a gold medal for a system that can switch on and off processes in the cells' interior from
the outside. Three years ago, the Freiburg team was the first German team to participate in the
competition organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
This year's Bioware team, 14 5th ­ 9th semester students supervised by three doctoral students,
developed an innovative pair of "gene scissors" that facilitates and improves the cleavage and
reassembly of genes. This won over the jury and the Freiburg students came out top in a field of

  

Source: Arndt, Katja - Institut für Biologie III, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

 

Collections: Biotechnology; Biology and Medicine