iGEM is all about synthetic biology, kids. It's the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine
Each team in the IGEM competition has to make something using a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts
. Teams of students use these parts to design, build, and operate biological systems in living cells.
IGEM began in 2003 with a course at MIT where students made cells blink. Now, this year had: