Many months of laboratory work, numerous challenges, and, finally, good reason to celebrate: Ten students from Bielefeld University have been taking part in this year's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) organized at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and they gained second place (First Runner Up). They had already won the European region preliminary round (11-13 October) with their construction of a microbial fuel cell to generate energy directly from bacteria. The final World Championship Jamboree was held from 1-4 November at the MIT in Boston, USA. The Bielefeld team competed successfully against 80 teams from all over the world. Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rektor of Bielefeld University was openly delighted at the success of the young researchers. 'I heartily congratulate the Bielefeld team for this fantastic result. This very good achievement underlines the international level of research and teaching at Bielefeld. And I wish to thank the students for helping to make Bielefeld University even more visible throughout the world.'
'Second place is a tremendous success,' enthused team member Tore Bleckwehl after the end of the Jamboree on 4 November. 'It's simply incredible and the culmination of a year of hard work.' Teams from all over the world had entered the final round of the largest student competition for synthetic biology including those from renowned higher education institutes such as Yale University (USA) or Imperial College London (Great Britain). 'We are on a par with these universities, as the European region preliminary round and now the final round has shown,' says iGEM team member Lukas Rositzka. 'We don't have to see ourselves as being in any way inferior to the big names.' The Bielefeld team is one of seven German teams to make it to the finals. Although this is the fourth year running that Bielefeld University has taken part in the iGEM competition, it has never done so well be
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