iGEM is an international student competition in Synthetic Biology. This is a fairly new field of biology aiming to implement artificial functions into organisms turning them into biological machines. Each year student teams from all over the world are challenged to develop new ideas for projects as diverse as using bacteria to degrade waste, produce electricity or detect dangerous chemicals.

Protein Prediction

Proteins and especially enzymes are the essential workhorses in life. They help you digest your food, they help you transport your oxygen and they make your muscles move. Nearly all reactions in your body are made possible only by proteins. And for most reactions proteins must have a unique conformation. The prediction of this conformation is the aim of iGEM Team Heidelberg’s project on iGEM@home. By doing this we can further know how changes in the protein's sequence change the total conformation and how it might influence the functionality of the proteins.