University Students Took Home Medals at the International Biology Competition
A group of students from the South University of Science and Technology of China won a gold medal during the international biology competition Asian event in Hong Kong, while another student from the same university took home the silver medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition that was also held over the weekend.
This will be the first year the university participated in the international Genetically Engineered Machine Competition wherein undergraduate students from around the world compete in biology related events that require projects. The two teams from the university includes 19 students studying at the university’s experimental education reform program under the tutelage of professor He Jiankui who help these students prepare for the competition.
Team B from the university took home the gold medal for its complete database, formula and model for predicting terminator efficiency which provide information that is used by scientists in studying biosynthesis that is created through laboratory work, monitoring and production. Team A got the silver medal for creating biology software for the iPhone platform. The teams that participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition got a kit of biological parts that the team uses along with parts of their own design to create biological systems and operate them in living cells.
This year’s competition was organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology who hosted the regional competition.