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International Genetically Engineered Machine


The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.


The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.

iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. About iGEM →

Our Impact on the World


By working together, students can do amazing things. Learn how iGEMers around the globe are addressing regional and global challenges both inside and outside the lab.
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Champions of
Synthetic Biology

With 40,000+ members, iGEM's international network of academics and industry professionals are building a better world. Learn about our vibrant community of champions.

Companies with
Roots in iGEM

iGEM is the largest synthetic biology innovation program and a launchpad for the industry's most successful leaders and companies. IGEM projects serve as proofs of concepts and prototypes, contributing to over 150 startups.
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Setting the Standard
in Synthetic Biology

iGEM programs are supported by a panel of industry experts that guide iGEM and set the industry standard for how synthetic biology is performed. Learn more about iGEM Committees and their work in setting the industry standards.
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July Sponsor Newsletter


In the midst of an unusual iGEM year, our sponsors are here for you and want to help you succeed! Participating in iGEM unlocks access to exclusive sponsorship offers for teams - Check out our guide below, and make the most of what our partners have to offer.

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By Johnny Truong

“At Benchling, our mission is to fundamentally transform how biology research is done. We accomplish this through developing software that eliminates busywork and enhances collaboration for all scientists, including iGEM teams.” Read more

My iGEM Journey

By Alba Iglesias Vilches

“Good teammates make you learn and grow. We had gone from being a team to being a family. Deadlines were approaching. Summer passed. Classes began at the university, and we worked to make our course loads as compatible as we could with the final experiments we needed for our iGEM project.” Read more

How To Build an Inclusive iGEM Project

By Anne S. Meyer

"In designing your iGEM project, we encourage you to consider: Who is included in your project design? Who benefits from your research? Will anyone be disadvantaged?" Read more

看破冰行动 了解暗网是 张什么网 --科技日报数字报:2021-6-26 · 1994年,美国学者吉尔·埃尔斯沃思(Jill Ellsworth)博士首先提出了隐藏网概念,而实用的暗网技术则最早源于美国海军研究实验室。1996年,出于军事目的,该实验室提出如下构想:在某个系统中,所有的用户在联网时均处于匿名状态,用户身份对服务器保密。

By Joy Zhang

“What is required of us in the social sciences, as in natural sciences, is to not just take someone’s word but instead analyze and evaluate the data that is presented so as to form our own judgement. This is the essence of critical thinking.” Read more


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The 2019 Competition Season is now over. Congratulations to all participants! Click below to browse team projects, results, photos, and videos from 2019.

iGEM 2020

Thinking of joining the iGEM Competition this year? Come join in the fun! Visit the 2020 Competition website for information.

Registry of Parts

The iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts is a growing collection of genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems.


The iGEM Network was built to help iGEMers take what you learned in the competition and expand that to continue to build a better world. Click below to Join the iGEM Network.