2014 iGEM Project

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The idea to make a vegan cheese using recombinant protein had been circulating in the San Francisco Bay Area biohacker community since at least 2011. Members of the current Real Vegan Cheese team actually tried to start a Highschool team for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition on the topic in 2012, followed by our 2014 entry as a team competing in iGEM (look for an upcoming blog post on the early days of the Real Vegan Cheese project!). Our iGEM project aimed to make vegan cheese from lab-produced casein proteins, and we continued to pursue this goal even after the competition ended.

Vegan cheese wins 1st prize for open labs at iGEM