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The main page of the yearly iGEM wiki is constantly changing. We make an effort to keep all pertinent information easy to access from the main page. Occassionally, though, you may find that a link that you saw before is no longer easy to find. Please use the links below to go back to news feed items that were posted throughout the season. We hope that this will be a valuable information resource for past, current, and future iGEM members.

follow along

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Want to get live updates from the iGEM 2010 Jamboree? Follow along on Twitter by searching for the iGEM 2010 hashtag, #iGEM2010.

November 6, 2010

new award for 2010: the iGEMer’s prize

Image for iGEMers Prize

The iGEMer’s prize is a chance for you, the participants, to have a say in which project you consider to be the ‘best’ at this year’s competition. It is organized by iGEMers, for iGEMers.

In order to make your decision as to which team you think has produced the ‘best project’, you will need to have a look at other teams’ wikis on the web. This can help you to decide what presentations and poster you might see at the jamboree to help you choose which team you would like to award this prize to. Each team will have one vote. What is it that you liked about the project? What do you think is particularly important in producing an iGEM project and how does the team you’ve chosen demonstrate this?

You will be given a voting ballot and instructions for how to vote in your team box when you check in at Registration.

November 4, 2010

wiki freeze TONIGHT

iGEM wiki freeze checklist

Is your team ready for the wiki freeze tonight?

Make sure you have completed the following before tonight's deadline:

  • Fill out your team's judging form, including:
    • safety page
    • attributions & contributions page
  • Mark your parts as favorites
  • Document your parts on the Registry
  • Send your part samples to iGEM HQ
October 27, 2010

wiki freeze

Wiki freeze icon

The 2010 iGEM wiki will FREEZE on October 27 at 11:59pm EDT. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to add information to your team wiki pages. There will be increased traffic to the iGEM server in the following days. In 2009, there was a high load placed on the wiki server and teams had difficulties adding information in the last several hours before the deadline.

To avoid situations like that, please begin finalizing and uploading the necessary information to your wikis as soon as possible. If your team's information is not on the wiki by 11:59pm EDT on October 27 you WILL NOT be able to add any more information.

October 25, 2010

iGEM community collaborations

iGEM Community

Want to help out your fellow iGEM participants? Take a look at the community collaborations page for iGEM teams. We'll be listing team projects that want to get in touch with iGEM participants in order to survey, receive input, collaborate, or work on other community-based projects. You may find a project where you'd like to lend a hand.

If your team has a project that could use the help of the community, send us an email with a short description and contact info. We'll add your project's details to the list.

October 15, 2010

wiki hosting

Wiki freeze icon

The 2010 iGEM wiki will FREEZE on October 27 at 11:59pm EDT. As a reminder, all team wiki data must be hosted on Team wikis on openwetware, university, or independent websites will not be considered in judging. If you are currently using a separate host for your wiki, please move over all information to your team wiki on

October 12, 2010

show off your team spirit!

iGEM Team Spirit

The 2010 Jamboree is coming up, and although you must be busy with preparations, you should also think about your team spirit. At the Jamboree you will be representing your team, university, and country, so why not show off!

Show your team spirit by designing and wearing your team t-shirts. Try something a little bit different and bring along a team mascot. Get creative and colorful!

October 6, 2010

volunteer at the jamboree!

We're currently looking for volunteers who would like to help out during the iGEM 2010 Jamboree (November 6th to November 8th). If you're an iGEM alum, interested in synthetic biology, or would like to take a peek at what we're doing at iGEM, we'd love to have your help. Check out the volunteer page to see how you can help.

October 5, 2010

book your hotel!

2010 Hotels

The 2010 Jamboree is only a month away, and it's time to start thinking about accommodations! Take a look at our Hotels page to find a few hotels close to the MIT campus that are offering discounted rates for iGEM teams. Be sure to book soon as the deadlines for these hotels are October 5th and 14th.

October 4, 2010

2010 Team Map

2010 Team Map

We have 130 Teams from across the globe participating in the 2010 iGEM competition. Take a look at our interactive Team Map to see where they are all located!

September 22, 2010

jamboree deadlines

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The Calendar of Events has been updated. All teams should be aware of the following deadlines:

August 26, 2010

shipping your parts

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Does your team know about the changes to the DNA submission protocol for iGEM 2010? See details on how to submit your parts this year on the DNA Submission page.

Remember, the parts that you ship to iGEM HQ must be in plasmid backbone pSB1C3.

July 28, 2010

summer meetups

iGEM 2007 Brown Meetup picture

Want to continue the iGEM fun throughout the summer?

Hold a regional meetup at your school and invite your local teams. In the past, teams have come together to build bridges, craft river-worthy boats, invent egg cushions, and other fun events.

To see what events are taking place this year, check out the Summer events page. And don't forget to tell us about your meetup!

July 8, 2010

project descriptions due

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Preliminary project descriptions are due on July 16.

See the project description page for more details.

July 7, 2010

workshop season is over

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The iGEM 2010 workshop season is over. Thank you to all those who participated and to the local organizers:

  • The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Alberta Innovates and the University of Calgary
  • Genopole in Evry, France
  • Tzu Chi University in Hualien, Taiwan

You can find presentation slides, links, tools, videos, and other resources on the Workshop page. If you took any photos of the workshops, please share them with us! Add them to the photos section of the Workshop page.

July 6, 2010

partner offer: Autodesk


Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, has joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. Autodesk will provide iGEM teams with Autodesk Maya® to help animate and simulate in 3D the cell structures used in their projects. To see more details on how to take advantage of the Autodesk offer, see the Autodesk sponsor page.

May 29, 2010

iGEM spring workshop schedule: update

iGEM workshop audience

Registration is now open for the Europe workshop being held in Every (Paris), France and the dates for the Asia workshop have been finalized.

Find out more details about each workshop on the Workshops page.

May 18, 2010

the spring 2010 dna distribution is ready!

2010 Distribution

The Spring 2010 DNA Distribution has begun shipping out to teams! All teams should receive their kits by the beginning of next week. We've made a few changes this year, so when you receive your kits please take a look at our 2010 guide on the Help page.

    Important details:
  • The distribution is shipped as (3) 384-well plates of dried DNA.
  • The distribution does not contain the complete set of parts in the Registry. Instead it is made up of a smaller subset of high quality parts and some of the iGEM 2009 team favorite parts.
  • Kits will be shipped via FedEX for US teams and via DHL for non-US teams.
May 12, 2010

partner offer: GENEART


GENEART has once again joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. They will provide iGEM teams with low cost DNA synthesis. To see more details on how to take advantage of the GENEART offer, see the GENEART sponsor page.

May 10, 2010

partner offer: the MathWorks

The MathWorks partner offer

The MathWorks, makers of MATLAB, have once again joined as an iGEM sponsoring partner. They will provide iGEM teams with MATLAB software licenses and a SimBiology Webinar. To see more details on how to take advantage of the MathWorks offer, see the MathWorks sponsor page.

May 7, 2010

iGEM spring workshop schedule

iGEM workshop audience

The dates and locations for the iGEM 2010 spring workshops have been finalized!

All team instructors are required to attend one of the following workshops:

Find out more details about each workshop on the Workshops page.

April 27, 2010

oil sands initiative partner offer

iGEM 2010 logo

The Oil Sands Initiative would like to extend an invitation to all iGEM teams, particularly those interested in Energy & Environment, to take advantage of their newly developed partner offer.

Find out more details about this opportunity on the Oil Sands Initiative page.

Deadline: May 1, 2010 & June 14, 2010.

April 13, 2010

main registration has ended

iGEM 2010 logo

Main registration for iGEM 2010 is over!

Over one hundred teams have registered to participate for iGEM 2010.

See the list of iGEM 2010 teams

If any teams still wish to participate in iGEM 2010, registration is still possible. Keep in mind that the team registration fee has increased to $2250 USD. Find out more on the iGEM 2010 Registration page.

Up next: More information on the iGEM spring workshops.

April 2, 2010

registration deadline in one week

iGEM registration line

Registration deadline is approaching!

Make sure to register your team by Wednesday, March 31. After that date the team registration fee increases from $1750 to $2250.

For more information see:

March 24, 2010

synthetic aethetics

iGEM registration line

The Synthetic Aesthetics team is looking for participants for a research project on synthetic biology, design, and aesthetics. The project will provide funding to bring together scientists and engineers working in synthetic biology with artists, designers, and other creative practitioners.

See more details about this opportunity on here.

March 16, 2010

registration is open!

iGEM registration line

iGEM 2010 team registration is now open! Register your team now.

Instructors: register your team today. Students: get your team leader to register your team.

Be sure to read the requirements for participating in iGEM. Need help starting a team? Check out the start a team page.

The deadline to register is March 31, 2010.

January 26, 2010

start an iGEM team

iGEM 2007 Alberta team pyramid

Start an iGEM 2010 team at your school!

Interested in starting an iGEM team? Whether you are an instructor or a student, head to the Start A Team page for some pointers on how to form a team at your school.

January 13, 2010

work at iGEM headquarters

iGEM HQ desk - job opportunities available

iGEM Headquarters is expanding. See the job opportunities page for more details on how to get a job at HQ.

January 13, 2010

become an iGEM sponsor

Get your logo here image for sponsorship

iGEM Headquarters is always on the lookout for companies that would like to sponsor the iGEM activity. There are several sponsorship opportunities that your group can take part in. Check out the Sponsorship page to learn more.

January 12, 2010

see what happened at iGEM 2009

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iGEM 2009 was a big success!

Explore the iGEM 2009 team projects and get some ideas for how to start your team on the iGEM 2009 wiki.

January 12, 2010