In order to raise public awareness about synthetic biology, iGEM Duesseldorf's previous teams set up the "Postcard collaboration project". Each team wishing to participate must design a postcard related to synthetic biology or its project with a short information text on the back. The postcards are then sent, mixed and each team receives a package with those of all participating teams. It is with this spirit of sharing and cohesion between the iGEM teams that we wanted to join this project. We hope you will enjoy our postcard !
To find out more on team Duesseldorf’s project, go visit their wiki !
We collaborated with the german team Kaiserslautern on writing a guide for future iGEM teams who would like to work on our common chassis: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We initially sought each other as we are one of the few teams that are working on this microalga. We communicated and brainstormed together on what C. reinhardtii is, its advantages and drawbacks, and how we could help future teams that are working on our model by helping them in all the steps needed in a typical iGEM project. This collaboration took form in a guide that we wrote together: The Chlamy Guide.
We also collaborated together on finding out the difference in transformation efficiency between our transformation method (electroporation) and theirs (glass beads). We sent them our HiBiT and NanoLuciferase reporter constructs that we initially constructed for our HiBiT tag characterization. That way we could test the two methods with the same reporter construct by performing our respective protocols using our reporter construct, comparing the number of colony forming units (cfu) on each plates and performing luciferase assays on the whole population of each plates.
To find out more on team Kaiserslautern’s project, go visit their wiki !
iGEM UFRGS BRAZIL
We have undertaken a collaboration with the Brazilian team of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Their project was Glyfloat, a floating filter that can degrade glyphosate in rivers. In the meantime, their team wanted to gather information regarding the legislation of the use of transgenic microorganisms in nature. The objective was to reunite laws from various countries, including France. Their goal could hardly be fulfilled alone, so they contacted us to obtain information about French laws regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
More specifically, we were in charge of collecting French laws then to summarize and report the legislation in force in our country regarding the use of GMOs in the environment. The information collected have been reunited with legislations from other countries around the world and finally added to the wiki of the UFRGS Brazil team, where a summary of the GMO legislation can now be found for many countries.
To find out more on team UFRGS Brazil’s project, go visit their wiki !
The iGEM team of Nantes was dedicated to bring together different points of view on
synthetic biology and to create an exchange between scientists and non-scientists. With art being a universal language, they decided to organize this sharing of ideas. Through three themes, we were led to question ourselves about the impact of synthetic biology in our lives. Our work, "Quid hoc facere" ("What to do ?"), is an invitation to ask questions and to reflect. First of all, we wanted to illustrate the state of mind of a researcher in the face of the incredible potential for innovation represented by synthetic biology. In a natural progression, we also wanted to lead the viewer to question the ethical issues that arise from the manipulation of living things and its direct and future impact on our societies.
To find out more on team Nantes’s project, go visit their wiki !
iGEM STONY BROOK
iGEM is also a community, a shared experience between teams from all over the world. That's why we wanted to participate in the "Who Wore It Best?" collaboration proposed by the Stony Brook team. The #labcoatchallenge was about wearing a lab coat as part of an everyday outfit and perform a catwalk in a public place with it. Each team showed great creativity during this challenge.
To find out more on team Stony Brook’s project, go visit their wiki !
Freiburg iGEM team 2019 sent Nietorp their mascot traveling around the world to meet as many iGEM teams as possible. Its mission is to make climate protection go viral. To lend our support to Nietorp, we decided to use our own eco cups to drink our coffee instead of using plastic cups. This way, we can reduce plastic waste which is nowadays a big threat for the planet and particularly the ocean. We then sent Nietorp to Montpellier to pursue its mission (and take a sun bath).
To find out more on team Freiburg’s project, go visit their wiki !