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Video demonstrates synthetic biology uses

Students participating in a prestigious international biology competition have produced a video looking at how synthetic biology could have an impact on future healthcare.

Seven students from UEA and the Norwich Research Park will participate in a prestigious international biology competition in Amsterdam in October. One of the main aims of the video is to encourage people to consider ethical issues that are raised by synthetic biology. The NRP UEA team will compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition along with 192 other teams from across the world. The 55 European teams will compete in the regional jamboree in Amsterdam on October 5-7, with selected teams going forward to the worldwide finals that take place in the USA in November. Biomedicine students Russell Gritton, Joy Edwards-Hicks and Lukas Harnisch have joined forces with molecular biology and genetics undergraduates Khadija Ouadi, Rachel Dobson and Rebecca Lo, and biologist Pacsoe Harvey to form the Norfolk group.

The European final of iGEM takes place on October 5-7 at six universities across Amsterdam. The winners from that final will progress to the world championships in Boston, Massachusetts on November 2-5.