The International Genetically Modified Machines (iGEM) competition, initiated in 2003, is an annual program in which undergraduate and precollege students learn how to build biological systems from standard, interchangeable parts. It is open to all students around the world. Organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in conjunction with the now-graduated Synberc ERC, iGEM student projects continue to grow in sophistication as the competition expands its reach. Beginning with iGEM 2011, teams participate in a two-tiered competition, with winners of three Regional Jamborees advancing to the World Championship Jamboree held in November of each year.

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