On November 14, ZJUT China team won the Gold medal at the Giant Jamboree of the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM).
ZJUT China team consisted of 20 undergraduates under the guidance of Ge Jingyan from the College of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The project of this competition was "CRISPR/Cas9-based Cell-free Biosensors For Biomarkers", which aiming to develop cell-free RNA Biosensors and provide a simple, safe and low-cost diagnosis method for patients. The sensors included cell-free systems, engineered DNA transcription templates and RNA-responsive CRISPR/Cas9 systems.
It is known that the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States started from 2003, gradually developing into an international competition in 2005. It is a top international competition for university students of science and technology in the field of synthetic biology, related research achievements of participating teams every year attract extensive attention from academic and industrial fields as well as the top journals, which has great social impact.