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Recent News

We are now recruiting for the 2015 competition season! Head to our recruitment page for more information and click here to download the application.

We won a gold medal at the 2014 giant jamboree! Click here to learn more about our project.

Check out our article published in Elsevier!

Congratulations to our new members! Aaron Gittelman, Casey Zhang, Gargi Ratnaparkhi, George Danias, Grace Livermore, Joseph Fridman, Kevin Hui, Michelle Zhang, Neema Patel, Neil Chitrao, Rishabh Singh, Samah Hoque, Sid Reddy, and Steven Li, welcome to the team!

SnapGene featured us in their newsletter. Without contributions from sponsors such as SnapGene we wouldn't have been able achieve our goals. Thanks to all those who supported us!

Take a look at another story about us in the Cornell Daily Sun.

We recieved Best Human Practice Advance at the World Jamboree! Popular Science considered us among the 9 coolest projects at the competition!

We were featured in the Cornell chronicle. Check out the article here!

Cornell iGEM recieved a gold medal and the Best Human Practices award for the second year in a row at regionals. We're also advancing to the world championship jamboree at MIT!

A sincere thanks to all our supporters on microryza. We reached our goal of $3000!

We just launched on the crowdfunding site microryza. Check out our page here, and help us reach our project goals!

At the World Championship Jamboree, Cornell iGEM placed in the top 16, one of only five North American universities to do so!

Cornell iGEM was a finalist at the Americas East Regional Jamboree, and won Best Human Practices and Best Wiki.

CU GEM was featured in the April issue of IDT's DECODED quarterly journal.

CU GEM won in the Manufacturing category of the iGEM 2011 competition!

About Us

The Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU GEM) team is an international award-winning biology-inspired project team based in Cornell University. Our group is completely student run and is comprised of undergraduate students drawn from various disciplines and levels of expertise across the university. The team’s mission is to design and develop a novel genetically modified platform, using the principles of synthetic biology, to compete at the world’s premier synthetic biology competition - international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM). Our vision is to create synthetic biology tools and processes that will offer breakthrough answers to the many needs of industry and the economy.

What is synthetic biology?
Synthetic biology is based on the application of systems design to complex biological processes. By applying proven concepts from more traditional engineering fields to the biological domain, we seek to create new functions using standardized and well-characterized biological parts. In the same way that a electrical engineer picks parts off a shelf to design electrical circuits, synthetic biologists are well on their way towards creating an online registry of standardized parts (the Registry of Standard Biological Parts) which they can use to design genetic circuits.