Collaboration with team CPU_CHINA
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We helped them with the doctor interviews and patient interviews.
Team CPU_CHINA need to conduct detailed interviews with experts in alcoholic liver disease, they have been slow in progress in contacting doctors who are willing to meet with us. We helped them contact the doctors in relevant aspects, and we went to Jiangsu Provincial People's Hospital for a meeting with Dr. Zhou on May 30, 2020. Dr. Zhou has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of alcoholic liver disease. And under the guidance of Dr. Zhou, we conducted interviews with two patients.
Team CPU_CHINA helped us with providing laboratory and consumables.
We have no laboratory that meets the requirements on our campus. The China Pharmaceutical University, where Team CPU_CHNA is located, provides laboratory space. They helped us improve the efficacy of an existed part BBa_K2976009. BBa_K2976009 is a NF-κB induced promoter designed by team 2019 iGEM Team CPU_CHINA. We discussed the information and experimental methods of improving the promoter together.
Collaboration with team JNFLS
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We together created a promotion novel and a concept map.
During a meet-up, we found that the team JNFLS, who aimed at using bacteria cellulose to produce masks, had a direct correlation with our team: they produced cellulose while we decomposed cellulose. Therefore, we decided to make collaboration, creating a piece of science fiction, which strung the two projects together and helped promote both teams’ program. In the novel, two sisters, a human being and a “synthetic human”, representing our two teams are planning for two projects at a “tech city”.
During the collaboration, both teams wrote the novel together, JNFLS designed the characters, and then both teams together drew a concept map for the novel and use it as web page background.
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Collaboration with team QHFZ-China:
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Team QHFZ-China focuses on optimize the storage environment of engineered bacteria and help them elaborate it function in daily life. They were looking for some teams to interview in order to proceed their human practices. We helped them find a list of former iGEM teams that worked on the usage of bacteria in daily life which may be potential applications for team QHFZ-China 2020, which helped them to find team 2018_ECUST_China and team 2019_BNU-China to carry out their human practices. Moreover, they guided and provided us vitally help with our experiments in SDS-PAGE, we will never get our SDS-PAGE result without them!
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Collaboration with team Nanjing_NFLS
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Our two teams focus on different aspects of MFCs. We use MFC as the final step after using E.coli to degrade cellulose, providing the MFC with glucose as fuels; team Nanjing_NFLS focus on increasing the efficiency of microbes inside the MFC.
As schoolmates, we decided to have regular discussions to make progress together. In the last semester, since both of our teams have members who took part in the cell-engineering elective course, we gathered together to discuss about our projects. Our two teams decided to do educational activities for people of different ages. They impart synthetic biology to mainly primary and junior students, and we introduced the knowledge mainly the seniors.
Most importantly, both of our teams are inspired by each other in every stage of the competition, such as when designing our projects, consulting Professor Yong from Nanjing Tech University and visiting GenScript Biotech Corporation. We learnt from our partner through every interaction between us.
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8.1 Meetup held by QHFZ-China
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We attended the online meetup held by QHFZ with great honors. Our team members spent a week preparing for this presentation. We first introduced the purpose for our ‘cellulose to electricity’ project, and then explained the principles of the whole system. We also introduced what human practices had we done. During the questioning time, we answered questions from BNDS about the energy use of the physical method in resolving cellulose. We explained that it was not a highly energy-needed method and was worth using. After that, we were inspired to think of a way to improve our hardware. We also discovered our collaboration with JNFLS to deal with their waste masks made of cellulose. It felt so great when so many students gather together to show their interest in synthetic biology, communicate through their innovative ideas, and learn from each other.
9.12 Meetup held by QHFZ-China
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We attended another discussion held by QHFZ to discuss about the problems we met recently and helped each other to come up with a solution. Keystone was trying to hold a large communicative event and tour in Beijing together with many other teams to introduce their projects to more people. Inspired by Keystone, we planned to make a lecture in our school’s iGEM club to introduce our project and some knowledge in synthetic biology. Then, we said that we were facing a problem that we did not have enough material and expertise skill to produce our hardware. Keystone demonstrated their method that they designed a blueprint and handed it to professional company to manufacture it. We thought that we would try using 3D printing machine to produce a hardware. If it would fail, we would then ask help from the company. Later, the teams discussed about the promotion video and we introduced our method to make subtitles. All of us learned a lot from each other.
10.24 Meetup held by BJ101HS&Nanjing_NFLS
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At 8:30 in the morning, we had a discussion with Nanjing_NFLS and BJ101. We appreciated BJ101 making an improvement in the past two months. Learning from their questionnaire, we planned to add more questions in detail to our questionnaire and try to expand the number of people we investigate. We asked our friends and parents to share it on communicating platforms to make it answered by more people from different ages and different jobs. Then, we can have a more understanding of people’s attitude towards the use of bacteria in dealing with environmental issues. Additionally, we introduced the human practice of interviewing 3D printing club from China Pharmaceutical University and the activity of introducing our project and synthetic biology to iGEM club members.
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