FREDsense Remastered: An In-Depth Case Study

So back in 2012, little baby Patrick was part of an immensely successful iGEM team. We were hoping to engineer bacteria that could detect and remediate toxins in oil sands tailings ponds. The following year, six members of that team […]

How to start a company during a pandemic

This article was originally written for Genome Alberta’s Genomics Blog. The pandemic has put significant pressure on many small businesses and startups around the world. But for a group of student entrepreneurs, COVID-19 has actually opened up a lot of […]

How Alberta’s iGEM Students are Persevering through COVID-19

This article was originally written for Genome Alberta’s Genomics Blog. Normally at this point in the year, students around the world would be hard at work in the lab, getting ready for the iGEM competition. Teams competing at this synthetic […]

Four Alberta teams gathered for a photo at the 2019 aGEM competition.

Alberta Teams Off to Boston for iGEM 2019

Ah, iGEM season. My favourite time of year. As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight to board, I feel like I should take some time to share with you all what Alberta’s students have been up […]

Canvas Kit Review: Patience is a Virtue

I was really excited to get my Amino Labs Canvas Kit in the mail, which came as a Black Friday bonus with the purchase of a copy of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero. It’s been a while since I’ve worked […]

Gift Idea: Teach Yourself and Your Kids to Be Genetic Engineers

The phrase “genetic engineering” can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of Amino Labs, an Alberta-based startup, you can try your hand at genetic engineering without prior knowledge or training. Amino Labs is a STEM […]

Alberta’s Achievements at iGEM

Well, another year of iGEM is officially over. I was fortunate enough to see the Alberta teams do their final presentations over the five-day competition. It’s incredible to see how much they’ve improved since the aGEM competition just last month. […]

OLS Canmore iGEM 2018

Canmore High Schoolers are Sorting Plastic with Biology

Climate change is a hot topic recently (pun not intended). I think the next generation of young innovators is becoming increasingly aware of how we’re affecting our environment. So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all three high school […]