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The iGem competition – ‘international genetically engineered machine’ – has been taking place every year in Boston since 2004.

Multidisciplinary teams of students are encouraged to spend their summer seeking to exploit synthetic biology to address real world problems, from medical to environmental applications. This year a team led by the Department of Biochemistry and involving students from Engineering Science and Zoology achieved a Gold Medal for the third year in a row. The Oxford team addressed Wilson’s disease, toxic copper accumulation in the body, with a potential probiotic method for copper level detection and control.

iGem is a significant undergraduate interdisciplinary event and received funding from the Departments of Engineering Science, Physics and Zoology, as well as from the Department of Biochemistry and other sources.

See http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/aspsite/index.asp?pageid=1362 and http://2016.igem.org/Team:Oxford