Bio! News November 2012 – A

Bio! News
November 2012 – A




iGEM 2012 World Championship
The World Championship of the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition was held in Boston, MA, on November 2 to 5. Teams from universities from all around the world first participated at the iGEM Regional Jamborees and only some of them classified to the World Championship. The Grand Prize was awarded to team Groningen, who made a biosensor that detects meat spoilage. The first and second runner ups were team Slovenia and team Paris Bettencourt, respectively. Congratulations!

From Knapp, et al., (2012).


First New Zealanders mitochondrial genome


Rsearchers were able to sequence and reconstruct the mitochondrial genome of ancient Polynesians, using archaelogical samples from Wairau Bar. These mitochondrial genomes likely come from a population close to the founding one and was found to be heterogeneous regarding the origin of the individuals.








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