This year, iGEM is allowing and encouraging teams to use Protocols.io to create and share their methods instead of putting them on their wikis. Protocols.io is an online, open-access tool for collaboratively creating, sharing and discussing protocols. It supports both wet and dry work.
The iGEM Measurement Committee is now offering measurement validation to all teams!
We are offering measurement validation for three iGEM protocols at this time (details for these are shown below at iGEM's Standard Protocols):
- iGEM 2020 Plate Reader Fluorescence Calibration
- iGEM 2020 Plate Reader OD600 nm (Optical Density) Calibration
- iGEM 2020 Flow Cytometry Fluorescence Calibration
If you make measurements using any of these three protocols, you can submit the resulting Excel calculation sheet to the Measurement Committee for validation. To submit your Excel sheets, please email the Excel sheets to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will use the values in the sheet to generate a "diagnostic report" for you, either validating that your protocol appears to have worked as expected or else indicating potential problems that you may need to address.
We strongly encourage all teams to use these protocols in their project, if possible. Validating measurements can help find problems in protocols or instruments, make it easier to debug your system, make your data easier to use, and increase the future impact of your project!
How to use Protocols.io
Teams using protocols.io must still adhere to the wiki freeze deadline. Protocols.io allows authors to “publish” their protocols, making them publicly accessible and generating a digital object identifier (DOI), which also functions as an online link to the protocol. Once published, a protocol cannot be edited.
- Teams using protocols.io must publish their protocols and place the DOI link generated on the methods section of their wiki, making sure judges can see what links will lead to which protocols.
- Teams can also use these DOI links in their part submissions to describe what protocols the parts were used in.
- We recommend teams use “iGEM” as a keyword in the protocols to facilitate other teams finding their work in the future.
- To make the most of the collaborative features provided by protocols.io, we recommend students all sign up individually and create a group on protocols.io for their team.
Protocols cannot be edited after publication, but new versions can be generated. Judges will only consider the version you publish before the wiki freeze, but you are free to generate new versions after the freeze for future teams to use.
iGEM's Standard Measurement Protocols
Each of these can be accessed on Protocols.io by pressing the Protocol button or in PDF format using the PDF button. Some protocols also have an associated Excel data analysis template, which you can find by pressing the Excel button.
These protocols are for use with the iGEM Measurement Kit included in your 2020 Distribution Kit. The Measurement Kit includes one tube of the silica microsphere beads for use in the the Particle Standard Curve with Microspheres protocol and three tubes of fluorescein sodium salt for use in the Fluorescence Standard Curve with Fluorescein protocol.
iGEM 2020 Plate Reader Abs600 (OD) Calibration
Use this protocol to be able to convert 600 nm absorbance measurements into an estimated equivalent number of cells. Example data
iGEM 2020 Plate Reader Green Fluorescence Calibration
Use this protocol to be able to convert green fluorescence measurements into an estimated equivalent fluorescent molecules per cell. Example data
iGEM 2020 Flow Cytometry Fluorescence Calibration
Use this protocol to convert measurements of flourescence in your flow cytometer to MEFL units. Example data
iGEM 2020 Plate Reader Red Fluorescence Calibration
Use this protocol to be able to convert red fluorescence measurements into an estimated equivalent fluorescent molecules per cell.
Other iGEM Measurement Protocols
Flow Cytometry Cell Size Calibration
Use this protocol to convert flow cytometry forward scatter to Eμm.
Abs600 Inter-equipment Conversion with LUDOX
Use this protocol to be able to convert absorbance (OD600) data from your plate reader into a comparable OD600 measurement which would be obtained in a spectrophotometer.
Conversion of OD600 to Colony Forming Units (CFUs)
Use this protocol to be able to convert your OD600 measurements into CFUs.
Cell Measurement Protocol
A standard testing protocol for various parts in the registry, using a plate reader.
Please email the measurement committee at measurement [AT] igem [DOT] org and provide links to protocols with a short description. We’ll check out your protocol and if we believe it will be helpful, we’ll add it to this page!