Gold for the Heidelberg 2020 iGEM Team: Support Pays Off

Last year, the Jung Foundation funded the iGEM Team Heidelberg 2020 in prestigious academic international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in the field of synthetic biology. As part of the research project, the team of 16 developed tools to control cellular systems.

The team, consisting of twelve undergraduate students and four supervisors, created a tool using 3DOC that is able to generate 3D structures of fusion proteins, based on RNA and RNA-binding proteins. At the competition finals in November last year, the jury awarded the iGEM Team Heidelberg 2020 the gold medal for their outstanding achievement.

The annual competition was first launched in 2003 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and has since attracted international attention.