Randy Rettberg is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
More than 1000 college students and instructors competed in this year's iGEM competition, working in teams to develop novel living organisms using the tools of synthetic biology. Recent projects include a synthetic vaccine, a bacterial alternative to kidney function and many projects on alternative fuels.
An engineer by training, Rettberg is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry turned biologist and educator. At MIT, he also runs the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, a computerized registry of the biological building blocks that form the basis of synthetic biology.
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