Editorial: Ten simple rules for building an enthusiastic iGEM team

Luis G. Morales, Niek H.A. Savelkoul, Zoë Robaey, Nico J. Claassens, Raymond H.J. Staals, Robert W. Smith*

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Synthetic biology, as a research field, brings together molecular life scientists, computational biologists, and social scientists to (re)engineer biological systems toward societally desired goals. Given the field’s broad multidisciplinarity and relatively young age, innovative educational methods are required to provide students with the needed background knowledge to push the field forward in the future. The international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is such an example where education and high-level research merge, providing the synthetic biology field with trained students, new ideas, and novel results. In the 2021 edition alone, 343 teams from across the world completed the competition to tackle societal problems with synthetic biology. As Wageningen University & Research (WUR) celebrates 10 years of participation in iGEM, we share our thoughts and experiences on supervising iGEM teams, which is especially relevant to organizers of current and new teams, and also others interested in the iGEM competition.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1009916
JournalPLoS Computational Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2022


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