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Directed Evolution




This is the way the life begins. Not with a plan but a competition. - Dr. Martin Borch Jensen


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News and Announcements

iDEC Results 2023

Oct 30 2023

Congratulations! Click results to view nominees and winners

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Free bus tickets for on-site teams

Oct 25 2023

Teams visiting Cambridge will receive group day tickets for bus

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iDEC 2023 Medals Arrive in Cambridge

Oct 25 2023

Every medal is one of a kind!

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Dr. Florian Hollfelder will deliver a lecture

Oct 25 2023

Dr. Florian Hollfelder from Cambridge Univeristy will deliver a lecture on iDEC opening Ceremony

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Dr. Philipp Holliger will deliver a lecture

Oct 20 2023

Dr. Philipp Holliger from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) will deliver a lecure on iDEC Awards Ceremony

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Dr. Ella Watkins-Dulaney will deliver a lecture

Oct 20 2023

Dr. Ella Watkins-Dulaney from the Aralez Bio will deliver a lecure on iDEC Awards Ceremony

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What is iDEC?

The International Directed Evolution Competition (iDEC) is an international public welfare initiative dedicated to building a scientific community to facilitate education, technology sharing, and academic exchange.

How did it start?

iDEC is initiated by scientists and students engaged in genetic engineering research. Our initial volunteer team include members from different countries and cultural backgrounds.                            


Engage the academic community
Promote research in Directed Evolution
Encourage best methods and practices
Share protocols and knowledge with peers and experts

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  1. Registration
  2. Induction Webinars
  3. Hands-on Directed Evolution
  4. Meetups
  5. iDEC Festival


Compete in one, two or three areas of Directed Evolution


Enhance biomacromolecule functions

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Optimize metabolic pathways or circuits

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Improve or create new strains

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A Report

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A Poster

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A Presentation

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General Awards

The more you participate, the higher the rank you get.

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Track Awards

To the best evolution machines or outcomes in each track.

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Single Awards

Best hardware, Best software, Best algorithm, etc.
To the best of the best in a unique area.

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Special Awards

To special contributions in reporter systems, genetic diversification methods, or screening strategies.

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To consider biosafety, biosecurity, and ethical issues is crucial to establish suitable precautions.

At iDEC, we are committed to teaching how to conduct research responsibly.

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