27. 12. 2018 Issue 65
International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2018

A team of 12 CUHK students from various Faculties have successfully developed a self-testing solution to detect various influenza viruses. Their hard work has been conferred the Gold Medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2018 Giant Jamboree held in Boston, USA. 

The winning project named "RAPID: RNA aptamer probe influenza detector" can differentiate between the common cold and influenza by detecting its RNA target sequence. RAPID has extensive potential applications as it is a mobile phone-based fluorometer which can detect signal of aptamer, and that patients can use RAPID at home to detect whether they are with the flu and seek medical advice in time.


iGEM is an annual worldwide premier synthetic biology competition designed for high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students to present their synthetic biology projects. It was established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 to foster students' learning in synthetic biology, promote collaboration among students and nurture biology talent. It also aims to encourage multidisciplinary teams to build genetically engineered systems to create a positive contribution to their communities and the world. Participating teams are required to specify, design, build and test simple biological systems made from standard, interchangeable biological parts.

Over 360 teams joined this year's world jamboree. This is the seventh time that CUHK teams won gold medals in this annual synthetic biology competition. Congratulations!


Team members


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Table of Contents
Orientation Day for Undergraduate Admissions
Popular Science Special Lecture Series: How Nobel Prizes are won
10th Anniversary Symposium of Cell and Molecular Biology
20th Anniversary Symposium of Molecular Biotechnology
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies
Alumni Homecoming Day
Professor Chu Ming Chung has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Conferment of Honorary Professor
Highly Cited Researchers 2018
Croucher Innovation Award and Croucher Senior Research Fellowship
The Hong Kong Mathematics Society Young Scholar Award 2018
Major Progress Made in Plant Multivesicular Body Biogenesis and Membrane Protein Vacuolar Transport
Low-cost and High-precision Nano Chips for Effective Detection of Harmful Substances
Stride in Fruit Nutritional Quality Improvement
Postgraduate Research Output Award 2017
International Quant Championship 2018
Science Students Won Champions In National Innovation Competitions
The Simon Marais Mathematics Competition
Outstanding Students Awards 2018
International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2018

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