NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German firm Geneart will provide the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition with 210,000 base pairs of DNA sequences for competitors as well as “significant financial support.”
Geneart said in a statement today that it is sponsoring the student competition, which aims to develop standardized DNA components for applications in synthetic biology, for the second year in a row. In addition to the base pairs being provided to all competitors, Geneart said that it will donate 10,000 base pairs to the winners of the special prize for the “most innovative standardized DNA module.”
The firm did not disclose the amount of financial support it is providing the competition.
Eighty four teams have entered the competition this year, with competitors presenting their work at MIT in November.