In order to promote the development of synthetic biology and iGEM and to introduce our program to the public this year, our team organized and participated in many activities. Our project this year is to design portable multi-virus detection devices, which means that we should contact various activities as much as possible to understand the needs of the masses. At the same time, we must also strengthen exchanges with the academic community to guide our project to proceed normally.
Summer social practice activity is an annual activity in our school ,which is an important way for students to understand society. This year, our team participated in the summer social practice activities organized by the school to promote the knowledge of synthetic biology and the preliminary ideas of our project to students and teachers from different majors. The teacher gave high recognition to our project and provided suggestions for us to conduct social research during the epidemic.
Eastern China iGEM Meetup is an exchange event for iGEM teams in East China. This year, in order to better propagandize our project and strengthen communication with other teams, we participated in the 2020 Eastern China iGEM Meetup. We shared and exchanged projects with 24 iGEM teams in China, introduced our projects to them, and received some suggestions from the participating teachers, which played a very important role in the development of our projects.
In order to strengthen the exchanges and cooperation between Zhejiang University of Technology, Northeastern University, and East China University of Science and Technology on virus detection projects, we organized online seminars.During the meeting, We introduced each project in turn and made suggestions, analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of each project in virus detection, and explored how to carry out our projects during the epidemic.
Bori Technology is a world-renowned PCR industry base and has in-depth research on virus detection. We are honored to be able to contact Bori Technology Co., Ltd., and obtain permission to visit the company on site. Our team showed this year's project to the company, conducted in-depth interviews with the company's technical director, marketing manager and general manager, and obtained suggestions on the significance of the project, virus detection market, equipment and HP.
In order to ensure the rationality and economy of our probe design, we through the e-mail get in touch with GenScript Biotechnology Co., Ltd. from July 21st to August 2nd, to communicate the content of the project and related problems such as the design of the fluorescent probes. The design and other issues were finally resolved with the help of the company, and our probe was confirmed.
We participated in the iGEMer exchange conference in China. In this four-day conference, many well-known scholars held online lectures, which is a rare opportunity to learn about synthetic biology and related fields. By showing our project in such an event, we got higher-level project feedback, such as opinions about mathematical modeling, human practices,science communication, video shooting, etc.
Synthetic biology has broad prospects. Our team has been paying attention to and thinking about how to pass on knowledge and train the next generation of scientists. We carried out an online laboratory tour activity. We led the children of Grade 6 in Dazhou, Sichuan to visit our laboratory online and showed some basic experimental procedures. Through wonderful demonstrations and editing, we brought them closer to the scientific distance. We also mailed small notebooks and pens to the students to express our best wishes.