Au-some achievement

A team of University of Nevada, Reno biochemistry students (see “Chemical Romance,” 15 Minutes, Sept. 22) placed Gold last week at the American Regional internationally genetically engineered machines (IGEM) competition in Indianapolis.

The team researched the use of E. coli to produce fatty acids, which could then be used as biofuel for cars or even jets.

This is the third year the university has competed in the competition and the first time UNR has won a gold ranking in an undergraduate research competition. The team will attend the international competition, also in Indianapolis. View their presentation at