For the first time, Tel Hai College, located in the Northern Galilee, is taking part in an international competition this upcoming Fall in Cambridge, MA in the field of Synthetic Biology, called iGEM. The iGEM competition provides a platform for students in the fields of Science and Economics to strive to better society with the help of genetic engineering, and this year a very diverse group of ten students from Tel Hai is taking part, working to develop a potential cure for the genetic and lethal disease known as Cystic Fibrosis.
The group itself is comprised of two immigrants (one from Venezuela and one from Chicago, IL), one religious student and one Druze student, along with others from all over the country geographically. Together, the group has been working for months in labs trying to repair the most prevalent disease causing mutation with the help of new and advanced molecular technology, as well as helping the Israeli CF Foundation raise awareness state-wide for the cause.
In addition to raising awareness locally, the Tel Hai team has reached out to other college groups world-wide to help other teams with their projects and receive help as well. An important element of this competition is brainstorming creative ideas with other groups to try to continuously progress, and help one another solve problems we have encountered throughout the project development. What better way to improve international links than through young entrepreneurship in science, and potential life-changing developments!
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