Cooperation plays an important role in our project development. By collaborating with other iGEM teams, we learned better ways to solve problems and to express projects in multiple forms . The idea of sharing knowledge and scientific materials advocated by iGEM provides us with an opportunity to know other teams better and learn to collaborate. The way of collaboration not only increases our knowledge horizon, but also enriches and perfects our mutual projects. The followings is our cooperation team this year.
At the CCiC (Conference of China iGEMer Community) meeting on August 22, we got to know Tsinghua Secondary School. After a brief understanding, we found that our projects had a good integration, so we held an online meet up on August 30, 2020, hoping to help each other in the next period of time to accelerate each other 's project.
First of all, we both gave a brief introduction to each of our projects. The project of Tsinghua Secondary School is to use Tardigrade intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs) to help bacteria or proteins to be preserved in lyophilized state. This coincides with the final product of our project, which involves lyophilized and preserved protein. We hope that we can add TDPs to reduced the effect of lyophilization on protein activity, so after expressing our will, we reached a partnership: Involving experimental design and mutual help, video making, subtitle design communication, HP understanding, medal standard discussion, poster design, etc.
With their help, our team was able to own a strong partner, which enabled us to discuss in all directions, greatly expanding our thinking and enhancing the accuracy of our understanding of all aspects.
(For details of cooperation with Tsinghua Secondary School, please go to Partenership: Partnership link)
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We also cooperated with ShanghaiTech_China. Their project this year is about designing a device to detect antibiotic residues and antibiotic genes for doctors to diagnose. We had a lot in common in terms of project design ideas, so we both realized that further communication would bring us more progress. Therefore, we had many exchanges and helped each other in many aspects, which did a great help to each of our projects.
(Click to go to :ShanghaiTech_China)
In order to improve the build of the “virulibrary”, we need to get some ideas on how to build the virus database, so we actively communicate with our partners. SJTU China is a team specializing in software. We got in touch with them and expressed the idea of cooperation. They were very friendly and enthusiastic, and we had a meeting where they gave us some advice on how to build the virus library's web layout, shared their experience building the Wechat applet and offered to help us build the virus database.This is a great opportunity to learn how to build virus database and applets.It also makes our project perfect.
(Click to go to : SJTU-software)
In order to strengthen the communication among the three universities of ZJUT, NEU and ECUST on virus detection projects, we organized and hosted online seminars of the three universities. At the meeting, we introduced our respective projects in turn , analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of the projects in virus detection, and explored how to carry out our projects in the context of the epidemic. In the end, we decided to cooperate in online questionnaire surveys and medical waste issues.
We shared and discussed our project with OUC at the iGEM exchange meeting in Eastern China. In the communication, we found that OUC needs a design for virus detection. Based on our design experience, we helped them complete this part of the design. In addition, we obtained the Zika virus characteristics sequence shared by OUC, which expanded our virus characteristics sequence library.
At the same time, we detect viruses by identifying the characteristic sequence of viruses, which may have a high likelihood of false negative or false positive. But OUC project has a high ON/OFF ratio and a low leakage, therefore, we thought maybe their system could solve this problem.
(Click to go to : OUC-China)
In this season, we helped JNFLS team which is a high school team. They wanted to transfer two plasmids into E. coli at the same time, but they failed. They asked for our help. We donated a plasmid pETDuet-1 which contains two promoters so they just need to clone two genes into one plasmid, and transfer the plasmid into E. coli. Finally, they succeeded and showed thanks to us.
(Click to go to : JNFLS)