Estonian iGEM team wins GOLD medal!
University of Tartu Institute of Technology iGEM team participated in international synthetic biology competition iGEM. In the finale, at Boston, USA, the team earned a gold medal thanks for the hard work and dedication. The aim of the project is to decrease the production cost and workload of the wood industry companies.
The iGEM competition is an international competition where university/high school teams provide potential solutions to world problems using synthetic biology. It was first organized in 2003 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and since then has become the largest synthetic biology competition.
Since 2017, the students of the Science and Technology program have the opportunity to become a member of the Tartu TUIT iGEM team and work on an innovative research project.
This year´s goal was to develop a system for controllable yeast cell-lysis. The production of valuable compounds in yeast cells has high potential, however, the extraction of them is complicated. To extract desired products from yeast cells, the cell wall must be degraded (ie cell lysis required). Yeast cells are covered with thick cell walls mainly consisting of beta-glucans, chitin, and mannoproteins. The use of the strain as a basis for the production of compounds from the cells and is intended to be useful in the field of production by fermentation of sugars produced from wood.
In the previous years, the Estonia iGEM team has found solutions for eco-friendly sunscreen and alternative and biological way of producing ethylene. This year´s gold medal demonstrates the quality and world class of the Estonian synthetic biology field. The results also show the effectiveness of the new teaching methods.
If you are interested in joining Estonian iGEM team, you can join us at Science and Technology curricula! More information st.ut.ee