Brown's iGEM Beginnings
In early 2006, a small group of interested persons, most notably John and Brendan, got together and decided that they wanted to get involved with the iGEM project. They put the word out that we wanted a team of 8 undergraduates for innovative synthetic biology labwork over the summer. Students from many different departments, including engineering, biology, and computer science, responded to this first call and started the Journal club. The purpose of the journal club was to go through seminal papers in synthetic biology to bring us up to speed on the state of the art, to give us ideas for our summer's project, and to bring our number down to eight undergraduates. In April, the team was set and we were brainstorming projects.