The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is dedicated to not only the education and advancement of synthetic biology, but also the development of an open community with strong interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2012, iGEM spun out of MIT and became an independent nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The iGEM Foundation fosters scientific research and education through organizing and operating the iGEM Competition, the premier student synthetic biology competition. It also fosters scientific research and education by establishing and operating the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, a community collection of biological components. The organization promotes the advancement of science and education by developing an open community of students and practitioners in schools, laboratories, research institutes, and industry.
The iGEM community has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the new field of synthetic biology.
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