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Because of COVID-19, many iGEM teams in other cities were not be able to conduct experiments locally. As a team in Shenzhen, a relatively safe city, we were fortunate enough to be able to conduct experiments in Linkspider Laboratory. To help more team, we received Keystone and SEHS-China in our laboratory, providing place for experiments. In this way, we wish to establish a harbor, providing a "shelter" for some iGEM birds, which were not able to go through their projects smoothly.
The following information is our collaboration content.
Keystone is going to put their bins in remote areas which cannot access to electricity, such as Bali Island and the Great Wall. Since electricity plays an important role in their project, they decided to use solar panels to provide electricity. However, Phuket Island is rainy, meaning that their solar panels may face the problem of not having sun to recharge. To solve the problem, they collaborated with us.
LINKS_China's batteries will charge capacitances, which will play the role of real batteries in circuits, offering electricity to bins temporarily in the future. Currently, LINKS_China's battery can charge a bulb that is used to guide people at night.
Because Shenzhen has better experimental conditions, Keystone decided to do experiments during the National Holiday. Before they came, they sent us their DNA materials to us, so that we could prepare for them. During collaboration, LINKS_China also helped them do some basic experiments, such as extracting plasmids and transformation.
In addition, Keystone started a collaboration of making a game, called The Adventure of Bob Lelogy. The game personates some structures in cells, using some animations, dialogues, and interactive choice questions to teach player about the basic knowledge about synthetic biology. Each team in this collaboration need to write a script about a particular topic. For LINKS_China, we were responsible to genetic circuit.
In our workshop, we also invited students to play the game, collecting response of the game, and sending to them. Most students thought that it is interesting and they want to learn more about synthetic biology after played the game.
Because of such a special year, not every team can find a laboratory to conduct experiments. As a relative safe city, SEHS_China chose to contact with the instructor of LINKS_China, deciding to do experiments in Shenzhen. During the collaboration, LINKS_China mentored SEHS_China to do some basic experiments, and helped them finish part of experiments, since they started their experiment relatively late. In return, they provided us some experimental material, such as plates. Besides, because of limited time, we helped them do final work of their experiments, such as SDS-PAGE and testing sensors. As a memorial, LINKS_China printed a 3D logo of SEHS_China.
SZU-China held a collaboration called GO GO SYNBIO, a booklet introducing synthetic biology, SZU-China previous project, SZU-China this year's project, and other teams' project. The goal of the Synbio booklet is to promote synthetic biology to the public. Also, for those who will attend iGEM for first time can quickly understand how iGEM solve problems in different fields. We think this bookelt is meaningful, so we participated in the project. LINKS_China is responsible to introduce our team project in both Chinese and English. We hope that this project can help more people recognize the glamour of synthetic biology.
In the future, we will make a battery that can power Keystone's project in real life, and test our battery after they put their bins on Bali island or the Great Wall. Also, if the feedback from Keystone is positive, we will send them more Education Kit to them in order to teach more students.