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Undergraduates’ anthrax-killing protein wins international synthetic biology prize

Members of UW’s winning iGEM team. CSE's Sean Wu is second from right in the front row.

We missed the news, back in November, that a team of UW undergraduates including CSE student Sean Wu took home the top prize in the Health and Medicine category at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) synthetic biology competition.

The team’s winning creation is a bacterium that has been modified to seek out and destroy anthrax.  It is now being tested in Maryland by the U.S. Army’s Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

Read about it here.  Congratulations to Sean, his teammates, and the team advisors!