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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 2021 is over

We thank all teams and sponsors for making our competition a great successs. Please check the Results page for awards.

iDEC introduction video is online now!

30 April 2021

The iDEC introduction video is online now. Want to understand iDEC more easily?
Our organizers introduce iDEC for you here!

Bluepha becomes a Gold Sponsor in iDEC 2021!

September 28 2021

And they will present the Bluepha Special Awards in the iDEC Festival!

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Free New England Biolabs products for iDEC teams

August 2 2021

Check the application form we sent and get your free samples before Dec 31 2021!  Read more »

Free genetic sequence optimization by our new sponsor Ailurus Biotechnology

August 2 2021

Get a $2999-worth of optimization service for free. Valid by Dec 31 2021!

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New England Biolabs supports iDEC

July 20 2021

We are tremendously grateful for support from NEB!

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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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