[Nov. 8-9]
2008

A student-led team -- the "Rice BiOWLogists" -- makes national headlines when it creates BioBeer, a brew that contains resveratrol, a chemical in wine that's been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease in lab animals. Their anti-cancer brew takes home the gold medal in MIT's International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, a contest where teams use a standard toolkit of DNA building blocks -- think genetic LEGO blocks (called “BioBricks”) -- to create living organisms that do unexpected things.

 

BioBeer Owl!
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