Grantham Scholar helps students get gold in iGEM contest

Grantham Scholar Nick Moody helped a group of University of Sheffield students win a gold medal in an international synthetic biology contest.

Nick acted as the chemistry advisor on the Sheffield entry into the iGEM Competition organised by the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation. The annual contest asks teams of undergraduate students to design genetically engineered systems using standard biological parts called BioBricks.

The Sheffield team came up with a way of building a device that helps to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance. They presented their idea at the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston, alongside more than 300 teams who represented 5,600 contest participants from 42 different countries.

Although they missed out on the top prize, iGEM Sheffield were awarded a gold medal and were nominated for Best Diagnostics Project.

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