In Search of the Philosopher's Stone - Heidelberg Student Team Brings World Championship in Synthetic Biology to Germany
Under the guidance of Barbara Di Ventura, Roland Eils and Dominik Niopek from the eilslabs, the Heidelberg iGEM team has received the 2013 Grand Prize at the international iGEM competition at the MIT in Boston. The team has been searching nothing less than a philosopher's stone, ie a substance that can turn waste into gold, in the last months. After succesful qualification and winning the Best Poster Prize at the European Jamboree in Lyon in October, yesterday the project was awarded the main prize of the "Undergraduate" section and won first place in the category "Foundational Advance" for their vision to produce synthetic peptides by NRPS in E. coli.
Congratulations to all members of the team and thanks a lot to all sponsors of the team!