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Every year since 2004, groups of students have been getting together to compete in what is now known as iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition.

Many of the groups set up camp on OpenWetWare to work collaboratively on their projects. Doing so allows others to follow their work from the early brainstorming process to the daily grind of lab work via lab notebooks.

Past and present projects can be found on the OWW iGEM page or at the official iGEM website.

Piotr Przanowski from the University of Warsaw’s 2008 team has produced a brilliant illustration that summarizes the iGEM spirit: