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Below you will find our favorite videos on synthetic biology, iGEM, and other interesting topics.


  • A quick how-to style film by the 2009 Southampton team. It covers what new teams can expect from iGEM, both the good and the bad.

  • It wouldn't be an emerging field without a few child prodigies on the scene. Gabriel See's work with the Washington University Team to make a LEGO Liquid Handling Robot is mind-blowing, inspiring stuff. There's also a hilarious moment 55 seconds into this Youtube video, when a reporter talks about Gabriel being able to understand "nucleotide sequences ... whatever they are". You'll laugh and cry at the same time.

  • The Biobrick trophy-holding Cambridge 2009 Team developed a color pigment generating strain of E.coli that was activated by the presence of a variable molecule, and it could be tuned to different sensitivities of that compound. The team worked with an artistic designer to come up with an interesting future use for their project...

  • Here's the 2008 iGEM competition being covered by PBS's News Hour. Quite good for a mainstream media report (feat. Randy Rettberg and Pamela Silver).

  • This beautifully shot and edited video article centers on the legendary MIT (now at Stanford) professor, Drew Endy.

  • Eric Ma delivers a magnificent introduction to the field. He has a knack for avoiding talking over a newcomer's head and still conveying the power of synthetic biology. His passion for iGEM is very infectious. Eric was a member of the 2008 team from the University of British Columbia.

  • This is the first part of a thought-provoking debate between Drew Endy and Jim Thomas on the ethics of synthetic biology. The whole talk is available at the Long Now Foundation's website.

  • An animation of DNA transcription and translation. Rivaled in beauty only by Inner Life of a Cell.


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