Manchester iGEM team are world champions!

worldchampionsCongratulations to the Manchester iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) team for their success at the iGEM World Championships held in Boston, USA on 2-4 November. The 10 Manchester students, mainly from our Faculty and based at The Manchester Institute for Biotechnology (MIB), won the ‘Best Human Practices’ prize for their work on developing a biosynthetic version of palm oil which could help preserve the rainforest and thereby save elements of biodiversity, including the orangutan.

The Manchester team competed with 73 other synthetic biology teams from around the world. Their project drew praise for a vision in which synthetic biology and traditional farming complemented each other. Members of the team will be describing their work, and the excitement of the iGEM Championships, in the next episode of the Life Sciences podcast. For more details about the project, visit Team Manchester’s website. Team member Robert Harrison said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that we have just won the award for World’s Best Human Practices! We would once again like to express our deepest gratitude for all the support shown by the university, in particular to FLS and MIB, without which this amazing achievement would not have been possible.”