University of Calgary students won a gold medal at a genetic engineering competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this past weekend.


Trophies were given to the respective winners of each category at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, and medals were given to teams that achieved the goals they set out for their respective projects.


The U of C entered a computer-guided laser system that activated bacterium to make them glow with a fluorescent colour. The system was to create a pre-selected image at the competition by activating specific cells in a dish.


“It would be considered a success,” U of C spokesperson, Grady Semmens, who accompanied the team to MIT, said of the team’s effort.

Fifty-nine teams from all over the world competed in a variety of categories during the three-day event at the prestigious U.S. institution.

The team from the University of Alberta won the trophy in the energy-related category of the competition, with their effort to turn E.coli cells into fuel.